What started out as an innocent trivia fact she intended to share with fans quickly turned on Demi Lovato. The "Confident" singer took a DNA test to find out more about her genetics and family's heritage – but when she posted her results on Twitter, fans started making fun of her for claiming to be different ethnicities.
Her first tweet detailed the mix of places her DNA could be traced to, along with a graph that represents each number.
I did a DNA test and found out I'm mainly Spanish, with Native American, SCANDINAVIAN (which I had NO idea), Irish, BRITISH....— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 25, 2017
The second tweet is what raised eyebrows with fans, read “And I'm 1% African!!!!”
And I'm 1% African!!!!— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 25, 2017
Some fans were just confused about why she would choose to publicly share this personal information, while others were upset that she said she was Black.
Other fans did jump to Demi's defense, though, saying they didn't think she did anything wrong by sharing her test results. In fact, Descendants 2 actress China McClain sent Demi two encouraging messages that called on their collective Twitter users to embrace diversity.
btw, @ddlovato I think it's cool that you have African in your blood.. as much as it's cool that I have different ethnicities in mine— China Anne McClain (@chinamcclain) February 26, 2017
.@ddlovato these are just small minded people😒 we should celebrate our diverse ethnicities, not demean each other— China Anne McClain (@chinamcclain) February 26, 2017
We love China's poignant words, because even if you personally believe Demi was in the wrong in this situation, it's not nice to drag her on social media.
Still, Demi continued to tweet to clear up any lingering misconceptions as not to hurt anyone. She acknowledged her fans' messages and shared followup tweets to say she never meant any offense.
Just thought it was cool and totally random. Some of y'all are mean af. Twitter sucks. 😔— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 25, 2017
.@elielcruz I also included the other nationalities. But I understand and respect your point of view and didn't mean to offend anyone.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 25, 2017
It's great that she explained where she was coming from – and gave others the chance to explain their side of the situation too.
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