Demi Lovato Announces Retirement in Wake of Taylor Swift Controversy

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Demi Lovato announced today that she'll be stepping away from the spotlight, seemingly in response to criticism over comments she made about fellow singer Taylor Swift in a recent interview with Cosmo.

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Lovato has been feuding with Swift for several months now, and while Taylor has refrained from addressing the beef publicly, Lovato has taken every opportunity to make her feelings known.

It all started when Lovato slammed Swift as a "fake feminist" back in February.

In the months that followed, Lovato passed on opportunities to apologize, telling Refinery 29 in May that she simply doesn't "get along with" the 26-year-old pop icon.

Today, Demi doubled-down on her remarks, once again accusing Taylor of "branding" herself a feminist but failing to put her beliefs into practice.

She followed that up with a bizarre attack on the physiques of Taylor's "squad" members.

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“I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body," Demi said.

"It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it’s not real.”

Naturally, Swift devotees were quick to attack on social media, but Demi refused to back down"

"I get asked questions. I answer them. Sue me," the 24-year-old singer tweeted this afternoon.

"Also, don't forget that words can be taken out of context when doing interviews."

She later added:

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"I don't understand why people care so much about what I say in interviews? Do y'all watch the news? Don't y'all got shit to worry about?"

Yes, the old "How dare you people have an opinion on this public thing I did!" argument.

Usually a sure sign that a celeb is feeling to pressure to issue a retraction.

It seems Demi is sticking to the "sorry, not sorry" script, however, as it appears she choosing to (at least temporarily) step away from music rather than kowtow to Swift's legion of angry fans:

“So excited for 2017. Taking a break from music and the spotlight," Demi tweeted moments ago.

"I am not meant for this business and the media.”

Historically, young musicians have all the resolve of Brett Favre when it comes to sticking to a retirement plan, especially when the decision is made in haste.

Lovato is likely to some flak if she returns to the industry within the next few weeks, but know millions of fans are hoping she won't be gone for long.

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Demi Lovato Biography

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Birthplace
Dallas, Texas
Full Name
Demetria Devonne Lovato

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