Meet the Transgender Woman Who’s Demi Lovato’s Date at the 2017 AMAs

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There may or may not be a new man in Demi Lovato‘s life… but that’s not who stood next to her on the red carpet at the 2017 American Music Awards.

At the Sunday night ceremony, the 25-year-old singer, who crooned her single, “Sorry Not Sorry,” at the event, brought along Danica Roem as her date. If you haven’t heard the name before, we’re sure you’ll hear it more in the years to come, as the 33-year-old became the nation’s first openly transgender state legislator on Election Day.

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The Disney Channel alum reportedly personally invited the Virginia Del.-elect to stand by her side at the AMAs after being “completely inspired” by her historic win less than two weeks ago, when she defeated Republican Bob Marshall.

“We connected because I heard her story,” Demi told E! News on the RC. “I was just completely inspired by that. My story with ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ is about bullying, and I wanted to have her in the audience with me tonight because I feel like we’ve been through some of the same things and now we get to share this experience together.”

“I’m also really grateful Demi has spent her career advocating for people who need a voice when they feel voiceless she really understands what you look like, where you come from, who you worship or who you love you really should be welcomed and celebrated for her you are, not in spite of,” Danica told E! News.