Demi Lovato has revealed that a song from her new album is inspired by a Bible verse.
“Heaven” is a track from the star’s new album Saint-Fvck and the 29-year-old confirmed it was Matthew 5:30.
“Matthew 5:30 says, ‘If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off; [for] it is better to lose a part of your body than your whole body in hell. It’s a Bible verse I’ve heard since I was young, too young to know what masturbation is,” Lovato said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“And now I have mine [line of] sex toys. Masturbation can be a form of self-care, it’s not something to be ashamed of,” explained Lovato, who again uses her pronouns.
The verse Matthew 5:30 reads: “Cast it away from you, for it benefits you. Let one of your members perish, and no. Let your whole body be thrown into Gehenna.
During “Heaven”, Lovato sings, “Crucified for the life I live / Oh my God, I hope I’m forgiven / Going to hell cause it’s like heaven / Speaking in tongues to release my demons / I can’t help it, I guess I’m a pagan / I’m going to hell ’cause it’s like heaven.”
Lovato has previously spoken about her religious upbringing and its impact on her gender expression and sexuality.
“Growing up in Dallas, Texas, in the South, being a Christian, there were a lot of norms that were already imposed on me when it came to sexuality and gender,” Lovato told Jane Fonda during the live broadcast of Fire Drill Fridays last year.
“If I look back in my life, there were times when I felt more masculine, and then there were times when I felt more feminine.”
Earlier this month, the singer released a snippet of another song from the album titled ’29’, leading fans to speculate she was referring to her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. and the age gap in their relationship.
Lovato, 29, and That 70s show The Valderrama star dated from 2010 to 2016 and the song appears to be a nod to their 12-year age gap.
She sings, “Finally 29 / Funny, like you were you then / Thought it was a teenage dream / Just a fantasy / But was it yours or was it mine?”
The song repeats the words: “17, 29” – an apparent nod to the age the former couple were when they met.
Although Lovato doesn’t mention Valderrama by name in the song, several fans have suggested that the track is indeed about the 42-year-old.
Saint-Fvck was released at midnight on Friday, August 19.