Entertainer Demi Lovato says she is “extremely frustrated” after social media users criticized her recent trip to Israel, where she underwent an emotional baptism in the Jordan River.
Lovato, 27, suffered a serious apparent drug overdose in 2018 and nearly died.
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Lovato recently visited the Holy Land and received a baptism in the Jordan River.
She documented the experience on Instagram in a lengthy and moving post.
“I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes,” she wrote. “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. Spirituality is so important to me … to be baptized in the Jordan river — the same place Jesus was baptized — I’ve never felt more renewed in my life.”
“This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul,” she continued. “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.”
Elsewhere, she shared photos from her visits to other Israeli sites, including the Western Wall and The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
Many social media users, however, were vocal with their disapproval of Lovato’s Holy Land visit.
“I’m extremely frustrated,” she wrote in a since-deleted post according to E! News.
“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,” she explained. “With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”
She continued that the trip was a spiritual experience.
“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry,” the “Skyscraper” singer continued. “Sorry I’m not more educated and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience.”