Here’s What Demi Lovato Actually Meant When She Said She Wasn’t Impressed by Taylor Swift’s Donation to Kesha

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Let’s take a step back.

Demi Lovato wants to clarify what she meant by her alleged subtweet to Taylor Swift after the 1989 singer donated $250,000 to Kesha in support of her legal battle against Dr. Luke. Lovato’s original tweet from Sunday, Feb. 21 that incited the controversy read:

Among much criticism from Swift fans, Lovato responded to one in particular on a Taylor Swift appreciation Instagram account who called her out for spewing “hate”. “How the f*ck am I making this about myself?,” she wrote in the comments section. “At least I’m talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about sh*t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”

Lovato clarified her comments in the caption of a post on her own Instagram account on Monday night (Feb. 23, 2016).

“As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They’re more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women.”

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“It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it’s okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.”

Dr. Luke went on a long-winded Twitter explanation against allegations that claim that he sexually, emotionally and physically abused Kesha filed back in 2014. “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” he wrote on Monday evening. “Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”

Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Kesha leaving her court hearing last week.