Demi Lovato reacts to backlash of being baptized in Israel’s

‘Sorry I’m not more educated’: Demi Lovato apologizes for sponsored Israel trip and baptism in River Jordan as she blames others for not telling her it might cause controversy

  • Many on social media blasted the 26-year-old songstress  for promoting the country amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict 
  • In her statement posted to Instagram Story, the singer said she was ‘extremely frustrated’ after accepting a free trip to Israel 
  • Lovato also apologized for not knowing more about the conflict
  • The previous day she had posted a gallery of images from the trip including one of her being ‘baptized in the Jordan River’
  • The singer suffered a near-fatal drug overdose in July of 2018

Demi Lovato has reacted to backlash she has received over her ‘spiritual’ experience in Israel including being baptized in the Jordan River.

Many on social media blasted the 26-year-old songstress – who suffered a near-fatal drug overdose in July of 2018 – for promoting the country amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lovato took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday night to write: ‘I’m extremely frustrated. I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. 

‘No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention’

Spiritual quest: Demi Lovato has reacted to backlash she has received over her ‘spiritual’ experience in Israel including being baptized in the Jordan River

‘I’m extremely frustrated’: Many on social media blasted the 26-year-old songstress – who suffered a near-fatal drug overdose in July of 2018 – for promoting the country amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict so she felt the need to respond with this Instagram Story

She wanted to make sure that everyone knew that she agreed to go on the trip for spiritual reasons and not to take a political stand.

Lovato explained: ‘This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT. Now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry.’

She also apologized for not knowing more about the conflict.

The Stone Cold singer wrote: ‘Sorry I’m not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience.

Taking to social media: This came just a day after posting a gallery of images from the trip including one of her being ‘baptized in the Jordan River’ 

‘Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels righ to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself than staying quiet to please other people.’

She concluded the note by writing: ‘I love my fans, all of them, from all over the world.’

This came just a day after posting a gallery of images from the trip including one of her being  ‘baptized in the Jordan River.’

‘There is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now,’ the singer wrote in the caption of four photos taken during her experience that she shared on Instagram.

Pilgrimage: The Get Back singer also touched the Western Wall in the Old City Of Jersalem, which is considered  the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray

In the first picture from her pilgrimage, Lovato is seen getting a hug moments after she was dipped into the holy waters, with a big smile of contentment on her face.

She’s wearing a white baptismal robe that must be worn for all baptisms in the Jordan River.

It is a common practice for pilgrims to come from all over the world, like Lovato, and visit Israel to get baptized in the Jordan River.

‘I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors,’ the Get Back singer wrote.

‘When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes.’

The New Mexico native went on to talk about how important it was for her to be baptized in the same place Jesus Of Nazareth was baptized, adding that she’s ‘never felt more renewed in my life.’

Lovato also shared a few other photos of her in the Old City Of Jerusalem, including one where she touched the Western Wall. Made of ancient limestone, it has also been called the Wailing Wall due to the practice of Jews weeping at the site over the destruction of the Temples.

The Western Wall is considered the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, though the holiest site in the Jewish faith lies behind it. 

‘This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul,’ Lovato concluded in the caption.

‘I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel.’            

Peace of mind: ‘I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart,’ Lovato said of her trip to Israel

 

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