Demi Lovato took to her Instagram story to speak out about her recent trip to Israel, apologizing for not being “more educated” regarding certain political events as backlash from her journey to the country continues.
After posting a series of photos detailing her visit to Israel, Lovato described her experiences of being baptized in the River Jordan and her visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem.
Entertainment Tonight reported that the “Tell Me You Love Me” singer has reportedly faced criticism for her trip from those who have accused Lovato of promoting or supporting Israel amid the country’s long-standing conflict with Palestine. The entertainment news website also revealed that some of her fans believed the singer’s posts were meant to represent a political stance on the conflict.
Lovato explained in a lengthy post shared on her Instagram story that she felt “extremely frustrated” by the recent controversy and that she offered her apologies for unwittingly upsetting or offending anyone. In the since-deleted story post, Lovato expressed her sorrow. She revealed that she accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. She said that she did not realize that in doing so, she could anger anyone.
Lovato then stated that it was not her intention to offend anyone and did not realize that the posts regarding her trip could cause a firestorm from her followers.
“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT. Sorry I’m not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience,” said the singer.
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I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes. There is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now. Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life. This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel ????
Lovato claimed in her Instagram story that she went against all advice about responding to the backlash regarding her trip to reach to her fans around the world to let them know she had no ill intentions in posting her photos and accepting the trip.
The Inquisitr recently reported on the singer’s memorable journey to the Holy Land, where Lovato claimed to have had the experience of a lifetime.
The photos that Lovato uploaded to the social media site have now had their comments disabled. All Instagram users can see are the photos and the original captions.
Lovato was most recently in the news when her reported new beau, Bachelorette star Mike Johnson, spoke about his relationship with her on iHeartRadio’s Almost Famous, reported Elle Magazine. He revealed that the twosome had already gone on more than one date and that the singer is a good kisser. Johnson was also thrilled with the fact that Lovato made the first move in their friendship and said that he found that very exciting. The couple is still getting to know one another.