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    Demi Lovato Apologises for Her ‘Spiritual Trip’ to Israel Over Backlash

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    The singer, who has been on hiatus from her singing career after a reported near-fatal overdose last year, travelled to Israel, was baptised in the River Jordan and visited the Wailing Wall, sharing her feelings about the journey online. Some took it as support for one side of the Arab-Israeli tensions.

    US hitmaker Demi Lovato, currently enjoying a break from music, has been entangled in a political controversy after sharing highlights of her trip to Israel on her social media. The Sorry Not Sorry singer reportedly posted a now deleted wordy explanation on her Instagram Stories, saying that she was frustrated and sorry if she hurt or offended anyone.

    In her statement, circulating online, the 27-year-old revealed that she accepted the free trip to the Holy Land in exchange for a few posts and insisted that she was unaware that she could possibly be offending anyone.

    “This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry”, her message reportedly read.

    ​She did not specify what backlash she meant. However, following her original post about the Israeli journey with photos from Jordan, the Wailing Wall, and the old town of Jerusalem, along with a message on the importance of undertaking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as part of her general road to wellness and spiritual healing, some netizens attacked Lovato, saying that her journey supported Israel.

    ​However, her “I’m sorry” statement also prompted negative reactions on social media, as some accused her of apologising to “the Anti-Semitic bigots”.

    ​Some, however, shared their compassion for the singer, saying that she was being bullied while she was recovering after a hard period in her life.

    Demi Lovato has been on a break following a reported drug incident in July 2018, when she was reportedly found unconscious in her house and hospitalised for 12 days. She was then said to have checked herself into rehab. This summer, the celebrity, who is said to have been treated for bulimia, self-harm, and addiction in the past, celebrated a year of sobriety.

    According to Lovato, the trip was important for her well-being, heart, and soul.

    “I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now. Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life”, she explained.


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