Demi Lovato Applauds Bruce Jenner's Courageous '20/20' Admission During Performance Of "Warrior"
There's no denying it: Bruce Jenner's admission that he is "for all intents and purposes...a woman" during an interview with Diane Sawyer has already touched many lives. Before the interview on 20/20 Friday night had reached its conclusion, throngs of those viewing the special took to social media to share their support and pride for the Olympic champion and Keeping Up With The Kardashians patriarch. Various celebrities and public figures were also on hand to offer Jenner their accolades, along with singer Demi Lovato, who decided to pay tribute to Jenner's courage during a concert at the Vector Arena in New Zealand.
Lovato chose to precede a performance of her ballad "Warrior" with a dedication to Jenner, saying to the crowd, "I just want to dedicate this song...It's so cheesy that I'm even doing this, but whatever. I want to dedicate it to someone who became an even bigger hero last night — Bruce Jenner!" The pop star, herself, is no stranger to struggle and overcoming obstacles. In 2011, Lovato left the Disney Channel to begin treatment at a rehabilitation facility after years of suffering from an eating disorder. Since reemerging as a popular fixture on music charts, Lovato has been vocal about the inner turmoil she faced while attempting to conceal her eating disorder, as well as symptoms she experienced as a result of bipolar disorder and depression. During her dedication to Jenner, Lovato noted the value the Olympic gold medalist's words have had in propelling dialogue and education on the subject of gender dysphoria:
"By the way, never ever thought I'd dedicate a song to him but he was honest and he was open with his story...No matter if you agree with it or not, he probably saved so many lives and educated so many people [about] transitioning into becoming a woman and being transgender and what that's all about. So, yeah, I just want to dedicate it to Bruce Jenner."
Lovato's ties to the Kardashian/Jenner clan extend back to her first visit to rehab, when she credited Jenner's stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, with helping her through the extremely challenging time. Kardashian has been equally supportive of Jenner, noting that husband Kanye West was a key player in her acceptance and support. Along with the rest of his family members voicing their admiration and pride for the reality TV patriarch's courageous admission, it appears that Jenner has a lot of people in his corner as he continues his journey.
Editor’s Note: Per Jenner’s stated preference, Bustle will continue to referring to Jenner using he/his pronouns for the time being. We will follow his lead and make any changes to this policy as needed in the future.