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Demi Lovato Responds to Accusations of Cultural Appropriation in New Music Video: 'They Were Twists Not Dreads'

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Demi Lovato has another strong message for her detractors.

The star is responding to cultural appropriation accusations from her newest music video, “No Promises,” in which she stars alongside the deejay trio Cheat Codes.

Throughout most of the 3.5 minute music video, Lovato stands in an empty warehouse, dancing by herself and whipping her hair back and forth. But the Twitterverse quickly pointed out  that it appeared the musician wore her hair in dreadlocks, causing a storm of cultural appropriation accusations against the star on social media.

“Why does Demi have dreads,” one fan tweeted. “Ok but real talk did I see pics of Demi Lovato with dreadlocks earlier or was her hair just so messy it looked that way,” another fan said on Twitter.

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Not one to hold back her feelings, Lovato confronted the controversy directly. On Monday, the singer addressed the issue via Twitter, confirming that she was wearing twists in her hair, not dreadlocks.

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“They were twists not dreads #relax,” the 24-year-old singer and actress tweeted. Then, she quickly changed the subject to bring attention to her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and teased that the first song off her upcoming 2017 album is “Ironically it’s for my haters 😝.”

But despite the fact Lovato said she only had her hair styled in twists for the video, the Internet is still pretty divided about the issue.

What do you think about Demi’s response to the cultural appropriation accusations? Sound off in the comments below.