You may know her as the fierce pop star who has released hit songs like “Really Don’t Care”, “Cool For The Summer” and “Confident”, but empowering anthems haven’t always been the soundtrack to Demi Lovato’s life. In an open hearted interview Demi tells Spotify about her struggles with self love, the turning point, and why posing in your underwear can be an act of revenge.
Demi Lovato is one of the youngest oldies in the music business. Only 23 years old, today she’s releasing her fifth studio album “Confident”.
– It’s generally a pop album, but there’s more soul in it. I named the album “Confident” because it feels like that best represents who I am today as an artist and as a person.
How has your confidence changed throughout your life?
– My confidence has fluctuated. It’s a daily thing where I will wake up and try to do what it takes to stay confident. I’ve done so much work on myself mentally, physically and spiritually in the past year. That’s what made this album possible.
Besides releasing a record on the theme of confidence, Demi Lovato has also written the book “Staying Strong: 365 days a year” and created her own charity that provides mental health care to people who can’t afford it. There’s no doubt that self love is a topic that is close to her heart.
– I’m so engaged because I used to struggled with it, and I’ve found a way to take care of myself and to come to a place where I’m loving myself. I see so many of my fans struggling in that age where you’re insecure, your body’s changing or you’re dealing with the pressure of college or looking a certain way. The reason I started telling my story is because I thought that maybe my fans can benefit from it.
What was the turning point for you?
– It came when I recognized my dream, visualized it and decided that I’m gonna do whatever it takes to get to where I want to be and deserve to be.
What impact has music had on you during your hard times?
– Music saved my life. It gave me a reason to live when I was dealing with extreme depression and when I was bullied. It gave me something to relate to, it gave me hope and it gave me drive and motivation to persevere and achieve my dreams. I lived and breathed music for a very long time. I still do.
Do you remember a song that was extra important to you?
– There is a song by Sia called “Breathe Me” that got me through so much. I cried to it, I felt empowered by it… It was there for me when I felt like nobody was.
Lastly Demi, what do you want with this album?
– I want to show people that there’s so much more to me than the fact that I’m showing more skin now. This is me showing the world that you can go from hating every inch of your body while having an eating disorder, and dealing with self esteem issues on top of that, to posing in your underwear on the cover of your album. That to me is so empowering and I want other women and men to feel that way. If you’re suffering right now, it doesn’t have to stay that way. You deserve to be something greater.
Listen to “Confident” here: