Demi Lovato wants the world to know her recent holiday was a “spiritual experience” and most definitely not a “political statement.”
The singer took to Instagram to defend her recent holiday to Israel after fans criticised her for failing to acknowledge the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict in her many social media posts.
Over the past few days, Lovato has posted a variety of images from her trip, including photos of her sightseeing and being baptised. In the caption, she wrote, “I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors…The trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart.”
Right after Lovato shared the photos, fans flooded Twitter and her comments section to tell the star she should have recognised the current situation, and some even accused her of taking a political stance on it.
In a story, Lovato wrote, “I’m extremely frustrated. I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going on that I could possibly be offending anyone.”
“With that said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention. Sometimes people present you with opportunities and no one tells you the potential backlash you could face in return.”
“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realise it hurt people and for that I’m sorry. Sorry I’m not more educated, and sorry for thinking the trip was just a spiritual experience.”
“Going against all advice right now and apologising because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people. I love my fans, all of them, from all over,” Lovato wrote.
Yikes. Sounds like Demi’s drama is a friendly reminder to stay woke and always educate yourself before going hard with your vacay on Instagram.