Beginning her career over a decade ago at only 17, Ronda Rousey has already established her legendary status as a UFC fighter. And her fan following is not limited to just common people. Celebrities like Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Lil Wayne, and Alex Morgan have all shown their support for the 28-year-old in the past, especially when she won the much-hyped fight against Bethe Correia back in August. The 34-second fight not only went down in history, but also gained Rousey an even bigger fan following.
Singer Demi Lovato is one of those fans. Rousey retweeted a post by Lovato, which read, “I love the line about @RondaRousey, I had to shout her out bc she truly represents women empowerment [sic].” The UFC, in which Rousey is the current Women’s Bantamweight Champion, commented on Lovato’s Twitter post with a fist bump emoticon and a simple, “Yassssss! [sic].”
Lovato is an avid supporter of women’s rights, and who better than Rousey to look up to? The former Disney star’s post refers to how her new album, “Confident,” was inspired a lot by the Olympic winner. In a recent interview with Complex magazine, Lovato admitted that she was a self-proclaimed Rousey “superfan” and described the athlete as “a confident, strong woman.”
And it’s definitely not the first time Lovato has praised Rousey for her strength. Last year, the singer described her idol on Twitter as “badass-jumping-off-a-moving-train cool.” The February 2014 post included a photo of Rousey prepping for a fight with the message, “They said I fight like a girl. Good.” It’s easy to see why Lovato admires the woman.
A more prime example of Rousey’s power went on display just a day ago, when in an interview she was asked whether she was disturbed by the gender pay gap in sports. However, very recently on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, Rousey revealed that she is the highest paid UFC fighter in the world, even among men, and shut down the journalist with her response: “I think that how much you get paid should have something to do with how much money you bring in.” She went on to explain how UFC heads Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta paid her so much not because they “wanted to do something nice for the ladies,” but because she was the one bringing in the highest numbers for them.
Demi Lovato, Twitter post, October 19, 2015, 1:43 p.m.
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Demi Lovato, Twitter post, February 22, 2014, 9:10 p.m.
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