Demi Lovato has recently opened up about their platform’s message on frozen yogurt controversy, which got “lost in translation.”
During an Audacy Check-In on Facebook Live on Thursday, the 28-year-old singer said, “Every time I’ve made a statement over Instagram or Twitter, I felt like it’s gotten lost in translation a little bit.”
In April, Lovato faced backlash for speaking out against a small frozen yogurt shop in California, called The Bigg Chill. On their Instagram Story, they slammed the shop, stating that they had an “extremely hard” time ordering froyo due to all the sugar-free and “diet foods” it offers.
The Bigg Chill replied to Lovato, explaining that some of their foods are specifically intended for people with diabetes and Celiac disease and those who are vegans.
Lovato told the stop to “do better” and “find a way to provide an inviting environment for all people with different needs. Including eating disorders.”
However, the singer later apologized for their comments, stating their “message has gotten misconstrued.”
Addressing the incident recently, Lovato said they “realized that because I was so passionate…I let my emotions get the best of me.”
“I just thought going forward, I want to have conversations where people can see my face, they can hear my voice, and they can see that I’m still learning as well as the rest of the world,” she said.
“I’m by no means an expert on many, many things,” Lovato added. “But, I’m willing to learn about it and I’m willing to continue to have conversations that either educate me or others on how to make the world a better place.”
The Confident singer has always been open about her struggles with an eating disorder and body image.
She apologized for their comments about the frozen yogurt shop in an Instagram video, stating, “When I messaged this froyo place, originally I wanted to make a point, and I wanted to call out behaviors or branding things that didn’t sit right with me.”
“As someone who deals with an eating disorder and is in recovery from an eating disorder, I still to this day have a hard time walking into a froyo shop, ordering yogurt and being content with it and keeping it down.”
Lovato pointed out that their intention was never to come “after a small business as someone with a lot of followers.” Instead, she said they are open to working with the shop “to help align the messaging to where I feel safe going in there and I can eat the froyo that I went there for.”
“People with eating disorders should be able to go in and feel safe wherever they go to eat,” she added. “That’s all I’m asking. Literally, all I’m asking.” “If we can make this environment safer for everyone, including people that are in recovery from an eating disorder and just want a little froyo, if we can do that while also giving froyo to vegans and people with diabetes, let’s go,” she concluded.