Demi Lovato has said that she hopes to inspire people with her upcoming guest role on Glee, which will see her playing a love interest for Naya Rivera's character Santana.
The singer and X Factor USA judge has signed up for a multi-episode arc on the series, following in the footsteps of Adam Lambert, Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker.
She said: "I get to play a lesbian on the show and that's something that I feel like hasn't really been brought to primetime with, you know, as a young actress. And I think it represents where our society is today.
Demi Lovato in London (WENN)
"It's becoming the norm and I'm really glad that I get to represent that - how far we've come."
Speaking to Access Hollywood, she further explained: "You know, 15 years ago you wouldn't have seen that on TV, but now people are becoming more comfortable with it and I'm glad that I get to represent that, and also, just hopefully inspire people with my character to love who they are and accept who they are and not give a c**p what other people think."
The star also praised Glee's leading lady Lea Michele, who has returned to work following the death of her on- and off-screen boyfriend Cory Monteith in July.
"She's great," Demi gushed. "She's such a strong woman and I'm so proud of her. Love her so much."
The first three episodes of the new season of Glee will air from the end of this month.