Demi Lovato is facing backlash over a trip to Israel that, she said, left her feeling “renewed.” The “Confident” singer posted photos that showed her baptism in the Jordan River. Lovato took to Instagram to clear things up.
Why did Demi Lovato go to Israel?
Earlier this week, Lovato posted photos from her “magical” trip to Israel. She identifies as “Christian” with “Jewish ancestors,” according to her post. Her trip included baptism in the Jordan River.
The singer shared a few pictures from the trip showing the places she visited, including Jerusalem’s Western Wall, Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center) and the Shalva National Center, a nonprofit organization that supports children with disabilities.
“There is something absolutely magical about Israel,” she captioned a photo on Instagram. “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…I’ve never felt more renewed in my life.”
In another post, she wrote: “My heart was absolutely broken in Yad Vashem. This was such a beautiful tribute and a reminder that we can never forget.”
She added that she’s grateful for the trip because it filled “the God-sized hole” in her heart. It sounds like the trip left her renewed and energized, but critics felt differently.
Why is Demi Lovato apologizing?
Almost immediately after posting those photos, Lovato faced intense backlash. According to TMZ, Lovato posted an apology on Instagram stating how frustrated she is. In it, she admitted to accepting a “free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts.”
Then, she claimed no one told her “there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone.”
She said the trip did not mean she’s taking a political stance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was “going against all advice” in favor of “being authentic” to herself.
“I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention,” she said, adding she didn’t realize the repercussions she’d face for accepting the trip.
“Now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry,” she added. “Sorry I’m not more educated and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience.”
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Who paid for Demi Lovato’s trip to Israel?
Lovato hasn’t revealed who paid for her trip. She mentioned in her photo caption she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. “When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes,” she said.
She continued adding, “This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made…Thank you for having me, Israel.”
Sources told TMZ Lovato received support from the opposing side. Lovato doesn’t want to be part of any political debates, so she deleted the apology.
If all the news about Bachelorette contestant, Mike Johnson, swooning over Lovato became tiresome, consider this your reprieve.