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Demi Lovato Hopes To 'Inspire People' With Glee Character

Also praises 'strong' Lea Michele

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.

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