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Demi Lovato Faces Backlash For Holding A Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar Mic

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Demi Lovato Faces Backlash For Holding A Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar Mic

Demi Lovato has come in for some flack after being spotted holding a Dr Pepper Zero Sugar mic, just weeks after slating a frozen yoghurt company for promoting 'diet culture'.

Lovato - who is non-binary and uses the they/them pronouns - hit out at LA store The Bigg Chill for supporting 'diet culture' by offering sugar-free options.

However, while appearing at the iHeartRadio Music Awards last week, the 27-year-old was seen holding a Dr Pepper Zero Sugar branded microphone.

Some social media users attempted to call out Lovato for what they perceived as a double standard.

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Posting on Twitter one person asked: "Weren't you there to promote sugar free Dr. Pepper after trying to get a place shut down for serving diet froyo?"

Another post read: "They didn't mind trying to cancel a store by throwing a social media tantrum but can't be bothered to inconvenience themselves for the same issue. It doesn't look hypocritical, it is hypocritical."

Someone else said Lovato 'sure is OK with attacking diet unless the culture lines [their] pockets'.

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However, others rushed to defend Lovato pointing out that they didn't choose the show's advertisers or mic.

One said: "I don't like Demi either but this is just ridiculous, who cares? They aren't a hypocrite, they were being interviewed, I doubt they even knew what was written on the mic.

"It's not like they were going to refuse to do the interview just cuz of the mic."

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While a second wrote: "Dr. Pepper was sponsoring the show. It's not like Demi has the power to do anything about a sponsor?

"This also assumes they even knew about it 10 seconds before going on stage."

Responding to the backlash, a representative for Lovato told Page Six: "Demi was doing a promotional stop for the awards show as a good partner to iHeart.

"They've apologised for comments made weeks ago and have moved on to focus on their cause work in the area of eating disorder awareness and Pride."

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Back in April, Lovato called out The Bigg Chill for promoting diet culture by offering sugar-free cookies and other items.

In a post on Instagram, Lovato wrote: "Finding it extremely hard to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter.

"Do better please."

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Topics: Celebrity

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