Demi Lovato has explained that her new song is in reference to the bible verse Matthew 5:30, which, according to her, shames self-pleasure.
The former Disney star revealed to the Los Angeles Times that her song ‘Heaven’ on her latest album Holy Fvck is about exploring her sexual agency while battling her conservative Christian upbringing.
“It’s actually based on a Bible verse,” she said
“Matthew 5:30 says, ‘If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off; [for] it’s better to lose one part of your body than your entire body to hell.’ That was a Bible verse I heard since I was young — too young to know what masturbation was.
"And now, I have my own [line of] sex toys. Masturbation can be a form of self-care, it’s not something to be ashamed of at all.”
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I take it Christians aren’t a fan of ‘I Touch Myself’ by the Divinyls either.
Just like Lovato’s sexuality and spiritual salvation, she’s also faced a similar ‘dichotomy’ in her career.
While on the surface, the singer-songwriter initially seemed like a squeaky clean Disney starlet, Lovato made headlines in 2010 when she withdrew from her national tour with the Jonas Brothers and entered a rehab facility.
Since then, the 29-year-old has been open about her drug and alcohol addiction, along with her eating disorder.
She added to The LA Times: “You can’t have light without dark.
“The dichotomy was really important to me, and I had to take my anger out of the shadows in order to heal. I am owning my dark side, and it doesn’t have to take me down.”
Lovato also told Vogue recently that her latest album feels like a continuation of her living her truth while wanting to bring ‘the power back’.
She revealed that Holy Fvck is a departure from her pop star image as she’s embracing her rock 'n’ roll roots.
She added: “I’m proud of that work, but it didn’t make me happy. There was always this kind of emptiness that I felt, because I was trying to be someone that I wasn’t.
"Now, I identify as non-binary, so when I say, ‘Would you like me better if I was still her,’ it’s also a reference to people wanting me to stay who they wanted me to be in their eyes.”
Holy Fvck is out now.Featured Image Credit: Faye Sadou/Media Punch/Alamy Live News. Island Records