Demi Lovato Gets Real About Overdose, Sexuality and More in New Interview


Almost two years after her near-fatal overdose, Demi Lovato is ready to return to the stage stronger than ever.

The “Skyscraper” singer, 27, sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss her vulnerable new single, “Anyone,” which she says was written shortly before she was rushed to the hospital in July 2018. Lovato will perform the song for the first time live at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26.

“I feel really excited and I’m ready. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long,” the former Disney star said during a revealing Beats 1 interview on Friday, January 24. “It’s going to be hard not to like go on stage and just like word vomit everything, you know? I just want to go up there and tell my story … and it’s only telling a fraction of my story, but it’s still a little bit, and it’s enough to kind of show the world where I’ve been.”

The Camp Rock actress suffered a near-fatal drug overdose in the summer of 2018, one month after she released a song that confirmed she had relapsed following six years of sobriety. The “Confident” singer completed a three-month stay in rehab after being released from the hospital in August 2018.

A few months later, Lovato hinted at wanting to share the truth behind her health scare through a series of emotional tweets.

“If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF … I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME,” she wrote on Twitter in December 2018. “Someday I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened and what my life is like today.. but until I’m ready to share that with people please stop prying and making up s–t that you know nothing about. I still need space and time to heal..”

Through her “introspective year,” Lovato turned to music to help her recover. As she looks ahead to her upcoming performances at the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl (where she’ll sing the national anthem), the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer remembers how writing new songs brought her back to life.

“I remember being in the hospital and listening to the song and it was about a week after I had been in the hospital and I was finally awake, and I just remember hearing back the songs I had just recorded and thinking, ‘If there’s ever a moment where I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song,’” she said on Friday.

Scroll down for more revelations from Lovato’s eye-opening Beats 1 interview.

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Writing Her New Single

“This song was written and recorded actually very shortly before everything happened. So I recorded the vocals for it four days before … The lyrics took on a totally different meaning. At the time when I was recording it, I almost listened back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help. And you kind of listen back to it and you kind of think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, ‘Let’s help this girl.’ You know what I’m saying? Because, and I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was OK, but clearly I wasn’t. And I even listened back to it and I’m like, ‘Gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself.’  I feel like I was in denial.”

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Growing Up in the Public Eye

“No 7- or 8-year-old can fully comprehend what life is going to come with being on television. No child can comprehend that. No adult can comprehend that. And then you add social media … and millions of people comment about your body, about the way you look, your skin, your talent, who you’re dating, who you’re friends with, who you’re feuding with, and you’re just like, ‘Can I be a teenager?’ …  I’ve definitely like had a weird life, and yes, it was my choice, but I also wasn’t expecting for it to be what it is today.”

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Sharing Her Truth

“That’s kind of nerve-racking to think about. But at the same time I’m grateful that I have this opportunity to like sit here and talk to you and tell a little bit of my [overdose]. I think as time goes on, I’m going to tell more and more about it.”

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Coming to Terms With Her Sexuality

“Another thing that I started doing was I started going to church … I shied away from church for many years. I didn’t feel welcome. I was also questioning my sexuality and I just found a place out here in L.A. that accepts me for who I am, no matter who I love, and there’s no judgment. That’s what I needed, was a place of no judgment. And I hadn’t found that until about a month ago.”

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Wanting to Start a Family

“When I think about what makes me happy today, I think about my family. I think about my friends. I think about my team. I think about people … connections, soul connections. Meaningful relationships. And I don’t know what that looks like. I don’t even know if I see it with a man or a woman, but like I just know that at some point I would love to do that this decade. And if it doesn’t happen this decade, maybe the next, I don’t know. We’ll see. But I would love to start doing more things that make me happy and worry less about success.”

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