Demi Lovato Explains Why She Called Out Taylor Swift for Giving Kesha Money

Demi Lovato doesn’t take shit from anyone.

In her new interview with Refinery 29, the “Stone Cold” singer looks back on how she’s changed since getting sober and what it takes to truly believe in herself. Calling her former self, who struggled with a cocaine addiction and issues with self-harm, “just bitchy” and “a cunt,” Lovato admits she hasn’t always been the nicest person to those around her.

“Prior to getting sober, I was one of those people who was like, I don’t give a fuck, whatever. And I used that as an excuse to do whatever I wanted,” the 23-year-old says. “I was a nightmare to work with.”

“I had to learn the hard way that I can’t do parties anymore” she continues. “Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that’s not the case for me.”

Though Lovato, who went to rehab in 2010 and has since been sober for 4 years and counting, is living clean these days, her feisty side still rages inside her. Earlier this year, the former Disney Channel star made headlines when she threw some not-so-subtle shade at Taylor Swift for donating $250,000 to Kesha to be put towards legal fees for the songstress’ case against alleged sexual abuser Dr. Luke. “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” Lovato tweeted at the time.

Though she’s since backtracked on her remark, Lovato still doesn’t regret speaking her mind one bit.

“Listen, there’s nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other. There are women that I don’t get along with, and that’s fine. My thing is, don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work,” she explains. “I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham…or Beyoncé, who make amazing political statements through their work.”

“I’m not going to stop saying what I believe in,” she adds. “I have no problem standing up for myself. Maybe I got it from growing up in Texas, but I never took shit from anybody. Now I know how to do it without pushing people away. You just don’t approach things with a Fuck You mentality. Instead it’s: This is the way I’m perceiving things. There’s nothing wrong with my beliefs or feelings. So let’s agree to disagree, or let’s just disagree.”

For Lovato, she will never silence her own voice and vows to continue improving herself.

“I’m still underestimated,” she says. “I still have more things to prove — not just about the things I can do with my voice. Some people think that because I’m young, I can’t stay sober. But these are things I want to prove to myself.”