Demi Lovato has replied to fans on Instagram who are disappointed her new political song takes aim at Donald Trump, telling them she refuses to "be silenced".
The pop star's latest release, entitled 'Commander In Chief', encourages people to vote while condemning the current US President with lyrics like "If I did the things you do / I couldn't sleep seriously".
"There's been so many times where I wanted to write the President a letter, or sit down with him and ask him these questions... and I think one way I could do that is to write a song for the whole world to hear."
The song accuses Trump of "lining his pockets deep" while the US is "in a state of crisis" with people dying, and asserts "we'll be in the streets while you're bunkering down".
Lovato shared some of the negative response to her new song, writing "I'm getting a lot of these comments" alongside a screenshot of a message from a fan.
"I hope you realise this makes people that don't have the same political views feel like they can't listen to you anymore. We couldn't care less what you post about, but this song is going too far, especially with the majority of your family is Republican," the message read.
"I'm personally ashamed to be a Lovatic right now but no matter how hard it is I'm not letting this song change my feelings about you especially after everything you have helped me with. I really hope this doesn't ruin your career Demetria."
Lovato then shared her reply, captioning it: "This is my response to anyone who wants to silence me."
"You do understand as a celebrity, I have a right to political views as well?" the message began.
"Or did you forget that we aren't just around to entertain people for our entire lives... that we are citizens of the same country and we are humans with opinions as well?
"The difference between me and the type of artist you WANT and EXPECT me to be (but I'm sorry honey that will never BE me) I literally don't care if this ruins my career. This isn't about that. My career isn't about that."
Lovato said she was aware she was risking losing some fans, but that she'd "take integrity in my work over sales any day".
"As much as I would like to be sad that I disappointed you, I'm too busy being bummed that you expect me, a queer Hispanic woman, to silence my views/beliefs in order to please my audience," she concluded.
In another comment on Instagram, the 'Sorry Not Sorry' singer also took issue with fans calling her Demetria, writing "literally no one calls me Demetria, and if you do, you're trying too hard so calm down".
Lovato then turned her attention back to the importance of voting, sharing another post on her Instagram Story in which she insisted "this song isn't about division" and urged her followers to "debate and talk about voting".