Demi Lovato, who will perform the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl, recalled her coming out story during an episode of Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show on Thursday. She says the moment she told her parents was “emotional,” but also beautiful and full of support.
“I didn’t officially tell my parents that I saw myself ending up possibly with a woman, too, until 2017,” Lovato said.
“It was actually emotional but really beautiful. After everything was done, I was like shaking and crying. I just felt overwhelmed. I have such incredible parents. They were so supportive.”
Lovato added that her dad wasn’t at all surprised by the news. The lyrics to her 2015 song “Cool For The Summer” apparently tipped him off, with lines like: “Got a taste for the cherry / I just need to take a bite / Don’t tell your mother / Kiss one another.”
“My dad was like, ‘Yeah, obviously,'” Lovato said. “And I was like, ‘Oh, OK, Dad.'”
But her dad hadn’t been the one she was worried about.
“My mom was the one that I was super nervous about, but she was like, ‘I just want you to be happy,'” she recalled. “And that was so beautiful and amazing. And, I’m, like I said, so grateful.”
When it comes to her identity and sexuality, Lovato admitted that she’s still “figuring it out.” At the moment, she could see herself with a man or woman — or nobody at all.
“I don’t know what my future looks like,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m going to have kids this year or in 10 years. I don’t know if I’m gonna do it with a partner or without, ’cause women, we don’t need partners.”