Demi Lovato is ready for a new phase in her life—one in which she shares her most authentic self, in every sense of the word.
Lovato has never been one to keep quiet on matters that are important to her, of course, but a new extremely personal and powerful photo she posted on Instagram is one many women will be able to relate to. The photo is of Lovato in a bathing suit, completely unedited.
“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited,” she wrote in the caption. “And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! [sic] I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me.”
She goes on to explain why it’s important to her to shed the trappings of a Photoshopped world. “This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards,” she wrote. “So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.”
Lovato, who recently shot an episode of Will & Grace is happy with where her career—and life in general—is right now. “It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit,” she says.
She continues, “Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem.. also. Just so everyone’s clear.. I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. #nationalcelulliteday #celluLIT”
See the full photo and caption, below:
Several celebrities and friends of Lovato’s took to the comments section to praise the singer for speaking out. “Showing us YOU is so incredibly beautiful. Thank you Demi! Love you Mama!” wrote Ashley Graham. Hailey Bieber shared some flame emojis and added, “U LOOK INCREDIBLE.” The Bachelorette star Mike Johnson wrote, “Look at me like that again…love yaself.” And Lovato’s manager, Scooter Braun, said, “YOU did this. YOU. YOU are amazing…YOU are smart…you are beautiful… you are wonderful… you are brave…and you are kind. And I’m proud of YOU. Hell Im proud to know YOU! Bravo for loving YOU first and in turn inspiring millions.”