Lovato, 28, spoke to CNN in a recent interview about the song and its message.
“There have been so many times that I have wanted to write a letter to the president or sit down with him and ask him these questions,” she told CNN. “And then I thought, I didn’t really want to do that and I thought that one way to do it would be to write a song and publish it for the whole world to hear and then he has to respond.” to these questions to everyone and not just me. ”
In the song, which Lovato co-wrote, she sings “Do you know the truth / We’re in a state of crisis / People are dying / While you line your pockets / Commander-in-Chief / How are you feeling / To still be able to breathe? ”
The president is known to target entertainment figures on Twitter who have criticized him, but Lovato is not concerned about a potential controversy.
“Bring it,” Lovato said. “Prove to them that you are exactly what I said you are in the song. Do it, go ahead. ”
Lovato said she has made a conscious choice to use her voice on social media to speak out against injustice, being part of a growing wave of artists who are speaking more openly politically.
“You are damned if you do, you are damned if you don’t. You can cite Taylor Swift as a perfect example of this exact saying … for years she was destroyed because she didn’t take a stand and she doesn’t stand up for those rights and she kind of took a back seat and now it has become very political and there are people who are unhappy with that too. who is using my platform to talk about the things I see that are not correct. ”
Lovato is also an advocate for the Mental Health Fund, which supports organizations dedicated to providing crisis counseling during the pandemic.
“I’m a very social person so I can’t see people, I felt very isolated at times and my anxiety and depression came back in waves and luckily I did a lot of work and I have tools to help me with that. But there are a lot of people who don’t have these tools, ”she says.
Her advice to those who are going through a difficult time right now is to try to be of service to others and not be too hard on yourself.
“Just have compassion,” Lovato said. “Know that you are not alone, that a lot of people are going through exactly what you are going through too. “