Demi Lovato Discusses Addiction, the Industry & the Future

In a recent interview, Demi Lovato once again sat down to address a difficult topic: her history with body image issues and addiction.

Over the past few years, the pressures of the industry have led Demi to develop an eating disorder. And subsequently, other mental health issues. While bringing up these issues might easily touch a raw nerve, the young star has never shied away from speaking her mind and detailing her experiences. And this time, is no different. 

“I used to have people watching me the night before a photo shoot to make sure that I didn’t binge or eat and be swollen the next day,” the pop star confessed, “It’s just a totally different world now…I don’t prepare for photo shoots, even. I can eat Subway for breakfast.”

Demi also credits part of that healthy change with finding a new manager in Scooter Braun.

Demi & Her Musical Journey: A Refreshing Change

Coming to the music front, Demi dished out that she had planned on releasing her long-awaited seventh album and touring in 2020 before the global coronavirus pandemic forced artists across the world to shift to a different gear. Despite the fact that her album might’ve taken a backseat, Demi Lovato has still come through with some laudable performances. Her rendition of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the Super Bowl, was but a reminder of her phenomenal vocal range. Not long after, she even put out her first single of 2020, ‘I Love Me,’ which is still settled comfortably on charts across the globe. 

Anyway, speaking of the global pandemic, Demi has used this time to reflect and focus on healing, while in quarantine. “It’s very common for people to only really work on themselves when crisis happens or when they notice that they’re slipping into old patterns or behaviors. So to be able to walk into this experience without a personal crisis and just be like, I can do the work on myself now because I have the time…It was a beautiful thing.”

The former Disney star also added that Netflix often came to her rescue when the waves of boredom hit. If you’re wondering what she binged, well from what we know, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is on the top of her list. 

Demi, who also has a YouTube docuseries in the pipeline, concluded with her thoughts on the future, “I want a career that has nothing to do with my body. I want it to be about my music and my lyrics and my message. And I want a long-lasting career that I don’t have to change myself for. Music brought me so much joy when I was younger, and I lost that joy throughout the hustle and bustle of the music industry. I got miserable. And I don’t ever want it to be like that again. That’s what I want.”

By: Nina Karun