By: Julia Brucculieri
Demi Lovato has been a very vocal supporter of her friend and fellow warrior Kesha as she continues to go through a public legal battle with Sony and her former producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald.
In a recent interview with Refinery 29, the "Confident" singer opened up about her now infamous tweet -- "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed" -- saying she "got too passionate." (Lovato expressed a similar sentiment back in February.)
Lovato, 23, thinks the way the media focused on pitting her against Swift, instead of focusing on more important issues, wasn't right. But still, she stands by her initial message.
"Listen, there's nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other. There are women that I don't get along with, and that's fine. My thing is, don't brand yourself a feminist if you don't do the work," she said. "I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham ... or Beyoncé, who make amazing political statements through their work."
Despite the backlash following her tweet, the "Cool for the Summer" singer admitted, "I'm not going to stop saying what I believe in."
"I have no problem standing up for myself. Maybe I got it from growing up in Texas, but I never took shit from anybody. Now I know how to do it without pushing people away," she said. "You just don't approach things with a Fuck You mentality. Instead it's: This is the way I'm perceiving things. There's nothing wrong with my beliefs or feelings. So let's agree to disagree, or let's just disagree."
To read more from Lovato's interview, head to Refinery 29.