Recently Demi Lovato took a spiritual trip to Israel. Unfortunately, what she never expected is a strong negative reaction by her fans, accusing her of taking a political stance. Now she feels ‘sorry’ and ‘extremely frustrated’.
On Wednesday the “Skyscraper” singer, 27, issued an apology for her recent trip to Israel after the strong backlash she received. Demi also noted that she’s “going against all advice” because she wants to be authentic to herself.
It all started with a couple of photos of her sponsored trip to Isreal, from where Lovato shared details about her experiences there.
The Stone Cold singer captioned her photos: “I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes. There is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now. Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life.
This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel 💗”
People took the trip as a political stance, and that the singer is promoting or supporting Israel amid the country’s long-standing conflict with Palestine. Something which they didn’t like.
Therefore, Demi shared her thoughts on the matter on her Instagram story.
“I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone,” Lovato wrote. “With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”
The singer said she did not see the trip as anything that could be taken politically. It’s was purely a spiritual experience for her.
“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurts people and for that I’m sorry. Sorry I’m not more educated and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience. ”
She finalized her apology explaining: “Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself than staying quiet to please other people. I love my fans, all of them, from all over the world.”
The apology is no longer visible on her account, but several media have reached out to a representative for Lovato for comment. We should expect more details soon and maybe an official response from Demi’s team.