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Ruth Kinane
May 18, 2016 AT 07:14 PM EDT

Back in February, amid Kesha’s legal battle with Sony and former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Demi Lovato sent out a number of tweets supporting her friend. Taylor Swift also supported Kesha in the form of a $250,000 donation to the “Tik Tok” singer’s legal defense. After news spread of Swift’s donation, Lovato tweeted, “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” which was taken as a dig at the “Shake it Off” star.

Three months later, Lovato has spoken about the tweet in an interview with Refinery 29 and defends her position — although without mentioning Swift by name: “Listen, there’s nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other. There are women that I don’t get along with, and that’s fine,” she said. “My thing is, don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work,” she said. “I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham … or Beyoncé, who make amazing political statements through their work.”

After she sent the tweet back in February, she posted to Instagram to explain and wrote, “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. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories.”

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She reiterated to Refinery 29 in the interview, “I’m not going to stop saying what I believe in. I have no problem standing up for myself. Maybe I got it from growing up in Texas, but I never took sh– from anybody. Now I know how to do it without pushing people away. You just don’t approach things with a F— You mentality. Instead it’s: This is the way I’m perceiving things. There’s nothing wrong with my beliefs or feelings. So let’s agree to disagree, or let’s just disagree.”

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