- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pop singer Demi Lovato will be taking a sabbatical from the stage in the coming year.

“So excited for 2017. Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media,” she tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

“This hasn’t been an easy year for Demi,” an unnamed “insider” told People magazine, recalling Ms. Lovato’s June breakup with boyfriend of six years Wilmer Valderrama.

The singer is “making sure to surround herself with family and friends,” the source said.

According to USA Today, Miss Lovato’s announcement comes on the heels of her blasting fellow pop singer Taylor Swift for being insufficiently engaged in politics to advance feminist policy objectives and for feuding with pop singer Katy Perry.

Miss Lovato, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July. Miss Swift has not weighed in on the 2016 election.

“I’m not afraid to talk about the fact that women get paid less than men in the United States and how unfair that is,” Ms. Lovato said an interview in the forthcoming November edition of Glamour magazine, USA Today reported. “Talking about it at all is doing the work. … I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand.

“I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment,” Miss Lovato also said in the interview, referring apparently to Miss Swift’s 2015 hit, “Bad Blood.”

Miss Lovato, who has struggled with body-image issues and bulimia, also recently made waves on social media for shaming a teenage artist who depicted the pop star as a mermaid.

“It’s gorgeous but that’s not my body,” she chastised 17-year-old Instagram user Vladimir Serbanescu.

For his part, Mr. Serbanescu responded to Miss Lovato on Instagram that he “[made] your waist slimmer and your boobs bigger to accentuate the fact that I drew you as a mermaid, a mythological creature.”

Doing so, he added, “doesn’t mean I say you should look like that. That’s how I imagine mermaids. I worked a lot on this drawing and I was proud of it, but not anymore.”

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