Sorry, she's not sorry. Demi Lovato recently opened up about the funniest prank she ever pulled — but the story completely backfired on the singer. According to Demi, she hired a sex worker to "surprise" her bodyguard while they were in Las Vegas, but her followers didn't find the "joke" so funny.
"I hired a lady of the night in Vegas and sent her to Max's hotel room to surprise him," she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. "She walked into his room without his permission and grabbed him hin his 'area' and he freaked the f--k out hahahahaha." Soon, fans were calling out Demi for the insensitive prank, with many believing it was a form of sexual abuse. However, the former Disney Channel star defended herself, writing, "I swear I could tweet something about craving jelly beans and it would offend someone."
For all of those coming at me rn, listen to the lyrics of Warrior and maybe you’ll have more compassion for someone who made a simple mistake. Of all people I know about sexual abuse. You don’t have to educate me.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 3, 2018
So sorry if anyone was offended 😔— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 3, 2018
Again, fans were not impressed with one follower responding, "Imagine comparing sexual assault to jelly beans ugh demi truly lost her last two braincells." Again, Demi shot back at her critics, explaining she was a victim of sexual assault herself and didn't need a lecture. "For all of those coming at me rn, listen to the lyrics of 'Warrior' and maybe you’ll have more compassion for someone who made a simple mistake. Of all people I know about sexual abuse. You don’t have to educate me," she added. "So sorry if anyone was offended."
What sexual assault is Demi talking about?
In her song "Warrior" Demi sings, "This is a story that I've never told / I gotta get this off my chest to let it go/ I need to take back the light inside you stole / You're a criminal, and you steal like you're a pro." She follows up the intro with lyrics such as "There's a part of me I can't get back / A little girl grew up too fast / All it took was once / I'll never be the same."
While she has never directly addressed the sexual abuse she experience, in her documentary Simply Complicated, Demi did open up about how she struggled with addiction, just like her estranged father, who passed away from cancer in 2013. "I guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol because it fulfilled him, and he chose that over a family," she said.
If you need support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online one-on-one with a support specialist at any time.