Starting out as a child actress, making her on-screen debut in 'Barney & Friends' alongside Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato has transformed into a global superstar. She became a sensation when she played the lead role in Disney Channel's 'Camp Rock' in 2008 and released her first studio album in the same year. Since then, the American singer, songwriter and actress has soared to the heights of the music industry and despite various challenges has became a household name.
Demi Lovato was born to Patrick Martin Lovato, who was an engineer and musician, and Dianna De La Garza, who is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has an older sister, Dallas, an older paternal half-sister Amber and a younger maternal half-sister, Madison De La Garza who is also an actress. She has Mexican, English and Irish ancestry. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and was home schooled. She asked for homeschooling because she had been bullied so much and was tired of it. She received her high school diploma in 2009. She later became the spokesperson for PACER, an anti-bullying campaign and appeared on America’s Next Top Model to speak against bullying.
Lovato, alongside Selena Gomez, started out acting in children’s TV show Barney & Friends, playing the role of Angela. She started playing the piano at seven-years old and at the age of 10 she took on guitar, dancing and acting classes.
Lovato appeared in Prison Break in 2006 and on Just Jordan in 2007. She also starred in the Disney Channel film Camp Rock in 2008 which was widely successful with over 8.9 million viewers. Entertainment Weekly described her acting as “underwhelming” and her smile as a knee-jerk reaction of someone who was used to being told that they have a beautiful smile. Lovato sang four of the songs on the soundtrack. She then appeared in the Jonas Brother’s Burnin’ Up Tour in 2008 as she headed off on her own Demi! Live Warm Up Tour, which was a campaign for her debut album, ‘Don’t Forget’ released on September 23 2008. It got positive reviews, although there were some critics who noted that she could only win over a younger audience with the record. The album sold 89,000 copies in the first week and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the record gold with over 500,000 sales in the US. ‘Get Back’, a single from the record peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100, TOP 40 IN Ireland and the UK and sold over 560,000 copies in the US.
In 2009, Lovato recorded ‘Send it On’, a charity single alongside Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus for Disney’s Friends for Change. The proceeds from the song were donated to environmental charities that are supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. She then co-starred with Selena Gomez as Princess Rosalinda in Disney’s Princess Protection Program. It was the third highest Disney Channel original movie as it premiered to 8.5 million viewers.
Lovato released her second studio album, ‘Here We Go Again’, on July 21 2009. The record received positive reviews from critics and it sold 108,000 copies in the first week of its release. It also debuted in the Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, ‘Here We Go Again’ peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100. In support of the album, Lovato went on tour to over 40 cities. Meanwhile, in film, she took up the role of Mitchie Torres in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, which had a 40% approval rating, much lower than its predecessor. In July of 2012 she announced a hiatus from acting, saying that she would no longer continue in her role in Sonny with a Chance.
In September 2011, Demi released her third studio album, ‘Unbroken’, which received mixed reviews from critics. It was number four on the Billboard 200 and sold over 97,000 copies in the first week of its release. It was certified gold as it went on to sell over 500,000 copies. The lead single ‘Skyscraper’ peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was widely praised for the message of confidence and self-worth.
The singer went on to release her fourth studio album, ‘Demi’, in 2011 and followed up with the fifth studio album, ‘Confident’, in 2015. In the latter, she had songs that were about personal experiences, including ‘Father’ in which she addresses the struggle of having a father who was mentally ill and her struggle to understand and relate to him.
Demi Lovato has always come off as a confident young woman since her teen pop star days to date. However, this image is not consistent with some of the personal issues that she has struggled with including psychological problems and an eating disorder. However, these problems have not changed her image in the public eye. If anything, they have made her a pillar of strength to young women around the world.
Her addictions, body issues, eating disorder and psychological troubles, as well as her ability to overcome it all and become a better and a stronger person have made her a role model for many. She has become a pillar of hope for young girls and urges them to accept themselves as they are and walk away from self-harm. She also urges those who are struggling with addictions or mental illness to seek professional help. In line with this, she set up a scholarship program in honor of her late father to help pay for expenses for those who may be suffering from the same but are not financially able to seek the help they desire. Lovato has come a long way. Her acceptance of who she is was portrayed in her Vanity magazine cover where she posed nude and without make up.
Demi Lovato’s personal life is not a bed of roses; she has had ups and downs throughout her life. The drop-dead gorgeous singer and actress admitted that she once believed that she would not make it to her 21st birthday. She said her motto was to live fast and so she thought and believed that she would die young. She said that she struggled to stay alive. The ‘Skyscraper’ singer has struggled with depression, an eating disorder and has often exhibited bipolar tendencies.
Demi had an addiction to alcohol and drugs and had to go to rehab to get herself together. She often resented the responsibility of being someone that people looked up to. By the time she was 19-years old, Lovato could not go half an hour to an hour without cocaine. She took to smuggling it onto planes and doing the drugs in the bathroom in first class when everyone was asleep. She says that the worst part about that is that she would do all this while with a sober living companion. She would hide it so well. Her rock-bottom moment was when she was throwing up in a car on her way to the airport to go back to the sober living facility where she had been living. At 9 a.m. in the morning she had a water bottle full of vodka. That is when it dawned on her that this was no longer being young and carefree but that she was actually an alcoholic and a drug addict. She realized that she could not do it alone. When she went to rehab, she did not do it so that she could be an inspiration for others. She admits that she did it to become better and that becoming an inspiration was just a side effect of that decision.
She also struggled with an eating disorder and had psychological problems as a teen pop star. At 8 or 9 years of age, she started compulsively overeating so much that she grew to hate her body. She then suddenly went into full-blown starvation and would not eat at all. She then turned to throwing up and realized that she either had to stop or die. To top it all off, she would self harm as well. She went to rehab in 2010 and this brought her closer to her mother who also had eating disorders and sought help as well. Lovato says that she owes her resilience to her fans who she says have encouraged her to remain strong. She has met fans who show her scars and tell her that she helped them to overcome self-harm and this has given new meaning to her life. She now wants to be role model to young girls, to let them know that they are beautiful just the way they are and that being skinny is not all there is to life.
In the interview on her YouTube channel, Lovato admits that she and her father did not have a good relationship. She referred to him as abusive. He was mean and had a mental illness that made him incapable of being a good father. He wanted to be a good person but couldn’t; he was glad that Lovato’s stepfather could finally fill the role that her father had failed to. His death was conflicting for the star because she did not know how to react. Lovato set up the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in honor of her father after his death. The program pays for the treatment of those who have addictions or mental illness but cannot afford to get help.
Demi Lovato’s dating life had been a pretty steady one until 2016. She had dated Wilmer Valderrama for six years and it came as a shock to many when they split. In previous interviews, Demi had explained that Wilmer had seen her at her best and worst. She had also been giddy, describing her dream wedding when asked about the prospect of marriage. She had explained that they would probably wait but that if Wilmer were to ask to marry her that day she would have said yes. The two later released a joint statement that they would always be supportive of one another but they had decided to call it quits. Recently, Lovato posted a cryptic message on social media just after Wilmer had been spotted with another lady and rumored to be dating her. The message implied that one cannot show others who they are if they are not true to themselves. People speculated that the message could have been referring to Wilmer and his rumored girlfriend.
Lovato has, since her breakup, been linked to a couple of high profile celebrities. She was rumored to be dating Beckham Junior in the wake of his relationship rumor with Khloe Kardashian. She is currently linked to UFC superstar Luke Rockhold. It hasn’t been confirmed but, according to their Instagram pictures, rumor has it that they could have gotten matching tattoos.
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