Jane Fonda appeared on the podcast 4D with Demi Lovato to discuss her decades-spanning career and her ongoing fight to tackle the climate emergency.
While discussing discrimination and inequality, Lovato noted that oppression creates “an imbalance in the environment and the economy everywhere.”
Fonda asked Demi when they realised it was the patriarchy at the root of the problem?
Lovato replied: “I think it came in two tiers for me. I think the first tier was going to a friend’s poetry slam show that I identified so profoundly with, because they were talking about not conforming to genders and identifying not as male or female.
“When I heard their take on that, I identified with it so much that I thought to myself, ‘Oh, there’s something here. There’s something that I’ve never known about my entire life but it’s clicking now and I need to research this, I need to do more work, I need to sit with this.’ So I did, I sat with it for over a year and the more I sat with it the more research I did.”
They continued: “The reasoning behind me cutting my hair off was because I was shedding all of the gender norms that had been placed on me growing up female in this world. And I just always found that men were at the root of pushing their agendas on me – to be a sexy pop star, whatever would make other people the most money. And I had to break that mould because I had to find the freedom for myself in order to survive, to live.”
The singer then stopped, noticing that Fonda was emotional and had started to cry.
What you’re saying is so brave. It’s so, so brave, I wish I could hug you right now,
She added: “I’m so glad to hear you say all this, Demi. I’m just so proud of you and I’m so glad, and I admire it so much. I’m so glad that you came out of that because I’ve seen the documentary, that you came out of that with that realisation and that you’re finding your real truth and it’s just wonderful. It’s just wonderful.”
Lovato told Fonda that her support gave them “full-body chills”
Jane Fonda is so proud of Demi and so are we!
Check out the moment below: