Demi Lovato has revealed that she first realised she was queer thanks to the famous kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions.
Speaking during a Facebook event to mark National Coming Out Day (October 11), Lovato revealed the surprising influence the 1999 teen romantic drama had on her self-realisation.
Lovato explained: “It was definitely when I was young and I should not have been watching Cruel Intentions, but I did.
“It was that scene where they made out on the park lawn, and I was just like, ‘Oh, wait a minute. I really like that!’
“I was like, ‘I want to try it!’ And then, when I was 17, I did get down with that. And that’s when I knew.”
The iconic scene in question features Sarah Michelle Gellar’s manipulative character Kathryn helping to teach Cecile, played by Selma Blair, how to make out — in the process displaying more romantic chemistry than any of the mixed-sex pairings in the film.
Lovato, who was a Disney child actor and famous from a young age, added: “I told all of my friends and my older sister [about my sexuality] when I was 17. They knew well before I told my parents and then brought it to the public. Those were my three phases, friends, parents, public.”
Demi Lovato fans didn’t notice her love songs about women.
Demi Lovato also revealed that some of her songs penned before she came out publicly in 2017 were written about women, unnoticed by her fans at the time.
She said: “There were times when I wrote songs about girls that my fans thought I wrote about guys.
“I’m surprised that some of them didn’t figure out that some of the songs were for certain people.
“I was sharing it with the world and yet I wasn’t being completely obvious with what I was talking about. Music was my safe space.”
Lovato quipped: “Now my fans are going to be with their magnifying glasses at their computer!”
Earlier this year, Lovato led a rallying call for the LGBT+ community to “fight” for trans youth and trans people of colour facing rejection, violence and discrimination.
Speaking at a GLAAD event, she said: “It’s never been more important to celebrate the acceleration of acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ community especially trans people of colour who face outrageous discrimination and danger.
”To all the trans youth, I want to make sure that you know that you matter.
”I know things are crazy hard right now and you may not have your usual support system around you.
”But don’t let anyone especially our government fool you into thinking you are anything less than perfect and meant to be.
”Be proud of who you are. Keep your voices loud and strong and know that we are fighting for you.”