'Sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn't say'

By Will Robinson
Updated February 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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After Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, who’s in the midst of a lawsuit against music producer Dr. Luke, Demi Lovato tweeted a message that could be construed as critical of Swift.

“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” she wrote Sunday night.

Lovato defended her words in an Instagram conversation with a Taylor Swift fan who criticized her comments.

“Not everyone has 250k to just give to people,” Lovato wrote. “At least I speak up about shit that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7 … There’s no “rivalry” I just give more f—s than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person.”

She added, “I didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than fine. I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations. I get shade and I don’t give a f— because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”

On Monday, Lovato shared an Instagram post featuring an infographic about sexual assault, along with a message clarifying her social media comments.

“As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say,” she wrote Monday afternoon. “And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place.”

“All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference,” she continued. “A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others, and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters.”

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Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally [abusing her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life” according to an October 2014 complaint. At the time, she asked that any contracts she had with Dr. Luke be voided so she could move on with her career without “interference or harassment from [him].” On Friday, Kesha was denied a preliminary injunction to be released from the contract, which would have permitted her to record outside the umbrella of Dr. Luke, his label Kemosabe Records, or its parent company, Sony Music.

Dr. Luke publicly addressed the allegations on Monday, writing, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.” In a statement released Monday, Dr. Luke’s lawyers said Kesha’s accusations were “outrageous claims” and “outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money.”

After the court’s decision, stars spoke on Kesha’s behalf (and the hashtag #freekesha trended online). Lovato was one of them. “#FreeKesha this is only gonna make you stronger, you brave and beautiful girl,” she wrote. “Prayers are with you.”