Demi Lovato, who attended her "first and probably last Met" in 2016, explained in her new Billboard cover story that the experience was so terrible, she almost broke her sobriety and had to leave. (The 2016 Met Gala was co-chaired by Taylor Swift and Idris Elba. Lovato skipped last year’s.) It’s a bit of a blind item about a certain famous someone, as Billboard described it. Guess who.
“I had a terrible experience,” says Lovato, her voice rising in pitch for the only time during our conversation. “This one celebrity was a complete bitch and was miserable to be around. It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.” She texted her manager, then went straight to a 10 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
“I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on—millions of dollars of diamonds on in an AA meeting. And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala—fake and sucking the fashion industry’s dick.”
In the Instagram she posted immediately after the Met in 2016, Lovato said the night was bad but didn't disclose any details: "This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met," she wrote with laughing emojis then before hash tagging "#sofuckingawkward" and "#notforme".
Lovato also talked to Billboard about her pro-gun control activism and the conversation she had with Parkland student activist Emma Gonzalez. Her fans tracked down a way for Lovato to reach Gonzalez, and the two had a “very emotional and heartfelt" conversation," Lovato said.
“There’s way too many shootings happening in this country. I’m pro-gun control. Obviously for me, politics are difficult to talk about,” she finished, alluding to the fallout of saying too much or the wrong thing as a celebrity.
She did take another jab at certain politically-silent pop stars though. “There are certain pop stars who don’t speak out politically, and they have more fans. But I’d rather speak up for the things I believe in than just be dismissive of the issues going on in our country," she said.
Lovato made similar comments in 2016 in what were widely construed to be thinly-veiled tweets about Taylor Swift, who has kept her political beliefs private and off social media.
"I’m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women’s rights," Lovato first tweeted in February 2016. When Swift gave a silent donation to help Kesha with her legal fight against Dr. Luke, Lovato tweeted, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something, and then I’ll be impressed."