Demi Lovato has long been a fierce defender of gay rights, but the star revealed a personal connection to the LGBT community for the first time Tuesday night.
Presenting an award to the cast of “Orange Is the New Black” at Logo TV's first Trailblazers event, the singer, 21, told an audience that included Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Levine, Joe Manganiello, and Bill Clinton that her grandfather came out as gay in the 1960s.
"I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather himself was a trailblazer," said Lavato, who was born in 1992. "He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made."
The special, which was filmed in New York City, will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Logo TV, but Lovato will continue to embrace that vanguard “spirit” and honor her grandfather's memory through the weekend.
She is scheduled to perform at New York's Pride Parade Sunday.