In addition to memes and fan clubs, one of the many things that come along with being a celebrity these days is fan art.
While most fans are simply trying to express their love and support for their favorite celebrities, sometimes things go south.
That's what happened when one fan drew a picture of Demi Lovato and shared it on Instagram. A 17-year-old artist named Vladimir Serbanescu took to Twitter to show off an illustration he composed of Demi Lovato.
In the photo, Lovato is illustrated lying on her stomach with her breasts pressed against the ground as she flaunts a mermaid tail.
At first, Vladimir was extremely proud of his work. You have to admit, it's a pretty good drawing...
However, things went south when an Instagram account dedicated to praising Demi Lovato reposted the photo. None other than Demi Lovato herself commented on the post, saying,
Is that how my boobs should look? It's gorgeous but that's not my body.
She paired the comment with a frowning emoji.
If you keep up with Demi Lovato, you know the 24-year-old singer is very vocal about her ongoing struggles with body image as well as her eating disorder.
In a past interview with BuzzFeed, Demi revealed,
I've been open about my struggles because part of my recovery includes being honest with myself and others, and I'm inspired to use my success as a platform to help others suffering. If you're hurting, don't be afraid to seek the help you need! Speak to someone — it may just change your life.
The star's honest criticism of Serbanescu's art isn't surprising. We're talking about Demi Lovato here, people. Remember that this is the woman who is perhaps more anti-Photoshop than anyone (next to Iskra Lawrence).
It should be expected that when Demi comes across a photo of her that depicts something other than who she really is, she's going to say something about it -- whether you're a diehard fan or not.
While I'm sure Serbanescu's intentions were not meant to negatively portray Demi Lovato, the damage was done on both ends. Demi disagrees with the illustration and Serbanescu is no longer proud of his artistic creation.
The 17-year-old artist responded to Lovato's comments by reposting the drawing with a new caption, stating,
If I make your waist slimmer and your boobs bigger to accentuate the fact that I drew you as a mermaid, a mythological creature, doesn't mean I say that you should look like that or all girls should look like that. That's how I imagine mermaids. I worked a lot on that drawing and i was proud of it, but not anymore.
When fans caught wind of the ongoing controversy surrounding this particular drawing, one Twitter user took it upon themselves to "edit" Serbanescu's drawing and claimed to have "fixed it."
The tweet garnered over 40,000 retweets and a handful of angry responses.
Here's the edited drawing.
As expected, fellow Twitter users lost their cool after the edited drawing surfaced.
Fans immediately came to Demi Lovato's defense after the edited drawing went up on Twitter.
While Serbanescu's original drawing offended Demi Lovato, the "edit" was no better.
At the end of the day, Demi Lovato's most loyal supporters had the last word in the mermaid-drawing situation.
Lesson learned: do not draw Demi Lovato. Just love her instead.