Demi Lovato played to her hometown on Wednesday night, headlining the American Airlines Center in Dallas alongside DJ Khaled. After her performance, the singer tweeted about the experience.
“Just played my hometown in Dallas in the arena I watched so many concerts in growing up and I feel like crying,” she wrote to her 55 million-plus followers. “There were so many people, people were watching from BEHIND the stage!!! I can’t thank you guys enough for the love… truly grateful.”
Just played my hometown in Dallas in the arena I watched so many concerts in growing up and I feel like crying
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) March 8, 2018
Lovato has been cognizant of moments like these for years. When I chatted with her in the summer of 2013, the artist talked about how happy she was for her peers, especially Selena Gomez.
“I’ve known (Selena) since I was seven years old,” Lovato explained. “We went from being in the backseat of a car with her parents driving us to a radio show to listen to our favorite artists that were on the radio at the time to us having songs on the radio.”
I remember back in 2013 you telling me about riding to this arena with @selenagomez as kids! Love that you were able to have such a great moment back home. #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/23llguSNOi
— Ralphie Aversa (@ralphieaversa) March 8, 2018
And of course, performing those shows as well. Lovato’s reflection came on the eve of “International Women’s Day,” which the United Nations marks annually on March 8. According to the UN, the Day is marked, “to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
Through music, activism, advocacy and philanthropy, Lovato continues to set a positive example for not just her fan base, but women across the world. And on Wednesday night, her hometown witnessed that yet again.