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Demi Lovato Defended Kesha Because 'People Are So Quick To... Not Believe You'

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Demi Lovato for Latina Magazine.

Demi Lovato doesn't know what went down between Kesha and Dr. Luke. But what she does know is that people who have been abused are often too afraid to come forward because of the stigma and disbelief they face from society.

Lovato shares her feelings on the matter in the new cover story of Latina magazine, in which she also discusses her relationship with longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and her support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

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"It wasn’t so much about Dr. Luke, that’s not my business what happened or what may have not have happened," she told the magazine about the ongoing legal battle between the "True Colors" singer and the producer Kesha claims sexually and emotionally abused her. "The important thing for me is that people are so afraid to come forward when they are sexually abused or raped because 1) it’s not something that’s easy to prove so you don’t want to go through the whole process and it drags it out. 2) Because it’s hard to prove people are so quick to dispel the rumors or not believe you and therefore nobody’s coming forward and change is only happening in a worse sense."

Calling Kesha's decision to stand up against Luke "brave," Lovato added that she doesn't think female artists should feel like they have to compete. "We have to support each other," she said.

The interview with the magazine's entertainment director, Jesús Triviño Alarcó -- which hits newsstands on May 10 -- also touches on Lovato finding her voice as a singer and realizing she's not even near her creative peak. "I don’t care about radio hits. When you try hard for that, it doesn’t happen," she said. "It’s songs like 'Stone Cold' that I don’t get tired of singing on tour. I get tired of singing 'Give Your Heart a Break' and even 'Confident' already. I have yet to reach my peak, and also, my voice is better now than it was a year ago. Now I can show people what I can do."

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Lovato also dissects her relationship with actor Valderrama, who she said she relates to on a level that's different from other men she's dated. "He’s very manly, and he can be stubborn like Latino men can, but he’s protective and he cares so much and loves so hard," she said. "I’ve been blessed enough to have him in my life, and not just as my man, but also my best friend."

As for why she's been on Team Hillary all along, Lovato said the reason is very simple: "Out of everybody running, she is the most qualified and she will get s--t done," she said.