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Demi Lovato
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Lovato performing in Glasgow, Scotland during the Tell Me You Love Me World Tour
Born
Demetria Devonne Lovato

(1992-08-20) August 20, 1992 (age 27)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.[2]
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • television judge
  • activist
  • author
Years active2002–present[3]
RelativesMadison De La Garza (half-sister)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Labels
Associated actsJonas Brothers
Websitedemilovato.com

Demetria Devonne Lovato (/ləˈvɑːt/ lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She began her career in 2002 on the children's television series Barney & Friends, before rising to prominence for portraying Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010).

Lovato has released six studio albums: Don't Forget (2008), Here We Go Again (2009), Unbroken (2011), Demi (2013), Confident (2015), and Tell Me You Love Me (2017); all of which debuted in the top five of the Billboard 200. She has earned seven top-20 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 with "This Is Me", "Here We Go Again", "Skyscraper", "Give Your Heart a Break", "Heart Attack", "Cool for the Summer", and "Sorry Not Sorry". Further, she has embarked on multiple tours, from which she has grossed over $70 million dollars.[8] On television, Lovato has starred as the titular character on Sonny with a Chance (2009–2011), served as a judge and mentor on The X Factor USA in its second and third seasons, and appeared as a recurring character on Glee. In film, she has released an autobiographical documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (2017), and voice acted in Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) and Charming (2018).

Lovato is a pop, pop rock, and R&B artist. She has earned numerous awards and nominations, including an MTV Video Music Award, 14 Teen Choice Awards, five People's Choice Awards, and two Latin American Music Awards. She also holds one Guinness World Record, and was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2017. Outside the entertainment industry, Lovato is an outspoken activist for several social causes. In 2013, she received a "Mental Health Award" at the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day annual event, and in 2016, she was honored with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her services to LGBT activism.[9]

Life and career

1992–2006: Early life and career beginnings

Lovato was born on August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico[10] to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna De La Garza (née Dianna Lee Smith)[11] and engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato.[12] She has an older sister named Dallas;[13] a younger maternal half-sister, actress Madison De La Garza;[14] and an older paternal half-sister named Amber, whom she first spoke to when she was 20.[15]

Lovato's parents divorced in mid-1994, shortly after her second birthday.[16] Lovato's father was of Mexican descent, with mostly Spanish and Native American ancestors, and came from a family that has been living in New Mexico for generations; he also had distant Portuguese and Jewish ancestry.[17][18] Her mother is of English and Irish ancestry.[19][20] Through her father, Lovato is a descendant of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea and Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez.[21] Through DNA testing, Lovato discovered that she is also of 16 percent Scandinavian descent and one percent of African descent.[22]

Lovato was raised in Dallas, Texas.[23][24] She began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten,[25] when she also began dancing and acting classes.[26] In 2002, she began her career on the children's television series Barney & Friends, portraying the role of Angela.[27] Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so harshly that she asked for homeschooling,[28] and received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in May 2009, one year early.[29] In 2006, Lovato appeared on Prison Break, and on Just Jordan the following year.[10]

2007–2008: Breakthrough with Camp Rock and Don't Forget

From 2007 to 2008, Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series As the Bell Rings.[30] Lovato auditioned for the channel's television film Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance during 2007 and got both roles.[31] Lovato played the lead character, aspiring singer Mitchie Torres, in Camp Rock.[32] The film premiered on June 20, 2008, to 8.9 million viewers.[33] Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Lovato's acting skills were underwhelming and that she "has the knee-jerk smile of someone who is often told she has a great smile".[34] The film’s soundtrack was released three days earlier; however, the music was considered less current than that of High School Musical.[35] It debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, with 188,000 units sold in its first week of release.[36] Lovato sang four songs on the soundtrack, including "We Rock" and "This Is Me".[37] The latter, Lovato's debut single, debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at number nine, marking her first entry on the chart.[38] That summer, Lovato signed with Hollywood Records and began her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour before the release of her debut studio album,[39] and appeared on the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour.[40]

Lovato's debut studio album, Don't Forget, was released on September 23, 2008, and was met with generally positive reviews from critics.[41][42][43] Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly said, "Demi Lovato might satisfy her 'tween fans but she won't be winning any rockers over with Don't Forget".[44] The album debuted at number two in the US, with first-week sales of 89,000 copies.[45] Ten of its songs were co-written with the Jonas Brothers.[46]

Don't Forget was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales of over 500,000 copies.[47] Its lead single, "Get Back", was praised for its pop rock style and peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100, also selling over 560,000 copies in the United States.[48][49][50] The album's second single, "La La Land", was cited for its strong rock elements[51] and peaked at number 52 in the US,[50] and cracked the top 40 in Ireland and the United Kingdom.[52][53] The music video for the song was directed by Brendan Malloy and Tim Wheeler.[54][full citation needed] The third single and title track, "Don't Forget", peaked at number 41 in the US.[55]

2009–2010: Sonny with a Chance and Here We Go Again

In 2009, Lovato recorded "Send It On", a charity single and the theme song for Disney's Friends for Change, with costars the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.[56][57] All proceeds from the song were donated to environmental charities supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.[56] Lovato's Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance, in which she played Sonny Munroe, the newest cast member of the show-within-a-show So Random!, premiered on February 8.[58] Lovato's acting ability was described by Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times as "very good", and he compared her favorably to Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus.[59] That June, she starred alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel film Princess Protection Program, in which Lovato portrayed Rosie Gonzalez / Princess Rosalinda. The film, the fourth highest-rated Disney Channel original movie, premiered to 8.5 million viewers.[60]

Lovato performing during the Jonas Brothers: Live in Concert in September 2010

Lovato's second studio album, Here We Go Again, was released on July 21, 2009;[10] she described its acoustic style as similar to that of John Mayer.[61] The album received favorable reviews from critics who appreciated its enjoyable pop-rock elements, echoing reviews of Don't Forget.[62] Lovato's first number one album, it debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 108,000 copies, and was later certified Gold.[63][64] The album's lead single and title track, "Here We Go Again", debuted at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100, and managed to peak at number 15, becoming Lovato's highest peaking solo single at the time.[65] The song also peaked at number 68 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 38 in New Zealand.[66][67] "Here We Go Again" was additionally certified Platinum in the US.[64] The album's second and final single, "Remember December" failed to match the success of its predecessor, but peaked at number 80 on the UK Singles Chart. Lovato made her first 40-city national concert tour, Live in Concert, in support of Here We Go Again.[68] The tour, from June 21 to August 21, 2009,[69] had David Archuleta,[69] KSM and Jordan Pruitt as opening acts.[70] Lovato and Archuleta received the Choice Music Tour award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.[71]

In 2010, Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded "Make a Wave" as the second charity single for Disney's Friends for Change.[72] In May of that year, Lovato guest-starred as Hayley May, a teenager with schizophrenia, in the sixth-season Grey's Anatomy episode, "Shiny Happy People".[73] Although critics praised her versatility, they were underwhelmed by her acting and felt that her appearance was designed primarily to attract viewers.[74] Later that year, she headlined her first international tour, the South American Tour,[75][76] and joined the Jonas Brothers: Live in Concert tour as a guest.[77]

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, with Lovato reprising her role as Mitchie Torres, premiered on September 3, 2010.[78][79] Critics were ambivalent about the film's plot, and it has a 40-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[80] However, Lovato's performance was called "dependably appealing" by Jennifer Armstrong of Entertainment Weekly.[81] The film premiered to eight million viewers, the number-one cable television movie of the year by the number of viewers.[82] Its accompanying soundtrack was released on August 10 with Lovato singing nine songs, including "Can't Back Down" and "Wouldn't Change a Thing".[83] The soundtrack debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies.[84] The Jonas Brothers: Live in Concert was reworked to incorporate Lovato and the rest of the film's cast;[85] it began on August 7, two weeks later than planned.[86] The Sonny with a Chance soundtrack was released on October 5; Lovato sang on four tracks, including "Me, Myself and Time".[87] It debuted (and peaked) at number 163 on the Billboard 200, her lowest-selling soundtrack.[88] That month, Lovato also announced her departure from Sonny with a Chance, putting her acting career on hiatus and ending the series;[89] she later said that she would return to acting when she felt confident doing so.[90] Her departure led to the spin-off series So Random! with the Sonny cast, featuring sketches from the former show-within-a-show. The series was cancelled after one season.[91]

2011–2012: Unbroken and The X Factor

Lovato performing on Good Morning America in July 2012 as part of their Summer Concert Series

Lovato released her third studio album, Unbroken, on September 20, 2011.[92] Begun in July 2010, the album experimented with R&B and featured less pop rock than her first two albums.[93] Lyrically, Unbroken encompasses more mature themes as opposed to Lovato's previous work, with some songs focusing on Lovato's personal struggles.[94] The album and its stylistic change received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Lovato's vocals and saw a growth in her musicianship due to the songs focusing on her struggles, but criticized the album's "party songs" and found the music to be more generic than her previous efforts.[95] Unbroken debuted at number four in the US, selling 97,000 copies in its first week of release; it was later certified Gold.[96]

"Skyscraper", the lead single from Unbroken, was released on July 12, and was noted for its messages of self-worth and confidence.[97] It debuted at number ten in the US, selling 176,000 downloads during the first week of release, becoming Lovato's highest first week sales at the time.[98] The song also became Lovato's highest-peaked single since "This Is Me" reached number nine in July 2008,[98] and it also debuted at number two on the Hot Digital Songs chart.[99] "Skyscraper" received the Best Video With a Message award at the September 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, and the track was also certified Platinum by the RIAA and Silver by the BPI.[100] The album's second and final single, "Give Your Heart a Break", was released on January 23, 2012, and later peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 16, making Lovato's fourth highest peaking song at the time.[101] It peaked at number 12 on the US Adult Top 40 chart and number one on the US Pop Songs chart. It also became the longest climb by a female artist to reach No. 1 in the Pop Songs chart history, until 2019, when Halsey's feature on "Eastside" broke the record.[50][102] The song was certified triple Platinum in the US; as of October 2014, "Give Your Heart a Break" sold 2.1 million digital copies.[103] Billboard has rated the song as Lovato's best, calling it "timeless".[104]

In May, Lovato became a judge and mentor for the second season of the U.S. version of The X Factor, with a reported salary of one million dollars.[105] Joining Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, and L.A. Reid,[106] it was speculated that she was chosen to attract a younger audience.[107] Mentoring the Young Adults category, her final act (CeCe Frey) finished sixth.[108] At the Minnesota State Fair in August, Lovato announced that after a pre-show performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards[109] she would release a single by December.[110] On December 24, she released a video on her YouTube account of herself singing "Angels Among Us" dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[111] In March, she was confirmed as returning for The X Factor's third season,[112] with her salary reportedly doubling.[113]

2013–2014: Demi and Glee

Lovato at the Redlight Traffic's Inaugural Dignity Gala in October 2013

Lovato's fourth studio album, Demi, was released on May 10, 2013. The album features influences of synthpop and bubblegum pop and was met with generally positive reviews from music critics.[114] Although Jon Carmichael of The New York Times found Lovato's transition fun, according to Entertainment Weekly it signified a less-mature image.[115][116] The album debuted at number three in the US, with first-week sales of 110,000 copies, the highest selling debut week of Lovato's discography.[117] It was also successful internationally, charting in the top ten in New Zealand, Spain and the UK.[118] The album has been certified Gold in the US,[119] the UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and Sweden.

The lead single from Demi, "Heart Attack," was released on February 25, and debuted at number 12 in the US, with first-week sales of 215,000 copies, the highest first week sales of Lovato's discography.[120][121] The song peaked at number 10 (Lovato's third showing in the US top ten),[50] and was also successful in the UK, Australia, and Europe.[122] The second single, "Made in the USA" peaked at number 80 in the US.[103] The third and fourth singles from Demi, "Neon Lights" and "Really Don't Care", both peaked in the top forty of the US, and at number one in the country's Dance Club Songs chart.[123][124] They were also certified Platinum in the US.[125]

Lovato later released a deluxe version of Demi, which was to include seven new tracks, consisting of four live performances and three studio recordings.[126] One of these songs included a collaboration with Olly Murs on a song for his fourth studio album, entitled "Up".[127] Lovato contributed to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack album with "Heart by Heart".[128]

On June 11, Lovato released an e-book, Demi, on iBooks.[129] She planned to appear in at least six episodes of the fifth season of Glee, but she only appeared four. She played Dani, a struggling New York-based artist who befriends Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and interacts with fellow newcomer Adam Lambert's character. Lovato debuted in the season's second episode, which aired on October 3, and made her final appearance in March 2014.[130] On November 19, she released a book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, which topped The New York Times bestseller list.[131] She then agreed to write a memoir, which has yet to be released.[132]

She announced her Neon Lights Tour (including a Canadian leg) on September 29, 2013,[133] which began February 9, 2014 and ended May 17.[134][135] On October 21, she released her cover of "Let It Go" for the Disney film Frozen, which was released in theaters on November 27. Lovato's cover was described as more "radio friendly" and "pop" as compared to the original by Idina Menzel.[136] Lovato's cover appears in the movie's credits, and the song was promoted as the single for the film's soundtrack.[137] The song peaked in the Billboard Hot 100 at number 38, spending 20 weeks on the chart. It was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.[125] On May 18, 2014, "Somebody to You" featuring Lovato was released as the fourth single from The Vamps' debut album, Meet the Vamps.[138] On May 29, she announced her fourth concert tour (and first world tour, covering 25 cities), the Demi World Tour, and its first North American dates.[139] In November 2014, Lovato opened the UK shows on Enrique Iglesias' Sex and Love Tour.[140] She also worked with her longtime friend Nick Jonas on a song for his self-titled album called "Avalanche," released November 2014.[141] Lovato was featured on "Up", the second single from Olly Murs' fourth studio album, Never Been Better.[142]

Lovato announced her skincare line called Devonne by Demi to be available in December 2014.[143] She released a music video for her song "Nightingale" on December 24, 2014.[144]

2015–2016: Confident

Lovato performing during the Future Now Tour in September 2016

Lovato's fifth album, Confident, was released on October 16, 2015,[145] and received generally positive reviews from music critics.[146] The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 98,000 copies.[147] During the album's production, Lovato commented: "I've already started recording for my new album, and I have plans to record during the tour. The sound just evolves into everything that I've been and everything that I want to become."[148][149] She further stated, "I've never been so sure of myself as an artist when it comes down to confidence, but not only personal things, but exactly what I want my sound to be and what I know I'm capable of and this album will give me the opportunity to show people what I can really do."[150]

In July 2016, the album was certified gold by the RIAA, and has sold 211,000 copies in the United States.[151] In May 2015, Billboard revealed Lovato was in the process of starting an "artist-centric" new record label, Safehouse Records, of which she will be co-founder and co-owner. The label will be a partnership between her, Nick Jonas, and Lovato's manager Phil McIntyre, and will form part of a new collaborative arrangement with record label Island.[152] Confident was released through the new venture deal. This will be Lovato's second multi-label venture of her career; she was formerly part of Jonas Records, a UMG/Hollywood/Jonas Brothers partnership, which is now defunct.[153]

Lovato released the lead single from Confident titled "Cool for the Summer" on July 1, 2015.[154] The song attracted attention for its bi-curious theme[155] and was a commercial success, peaking at number eleven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and being certified double platinum in the U.S.[156][64] On September 18, 2015, the title track "Confident" was released as the album's second single and peaked at number 21 on the Hot 100.[157] On October 17, 2015, she performed a "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident" medley, as well as "Stone Cold" melody on Saturday Night Live during the series' forty-first season.[158][159] Lovato was also featured on the re-release of "Irresistible", the fourth single from Fall Out Boy's sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho.[160] The same month, she signed with the major modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models.[161] Lovato released the music video for her R&B-infused song "Waitin for You" featuring American rapper Sirah on October 22, 2015.[162] On October 26, 2015, Lovato and Nick Jonas announced that they would tour together on the Future Now Tour.[163] She was honored with the first-ever Rulebreaker Award on December 11, 2015 at the 2015 Billboard Women in Music event.[164] On March 21, 2016, "Stone Cold" was serviced as the third and final single from Confident.[165] On July 1, 2016, Lovato released a new single titled "Body Say" to promote her tour.[166]

2017–2018: Tell Me You Love Me

Lovato performing at the Tell Me You Love Me World Tour in June 2018

In February 2017, Lovato executive-produced a documentary, Beyond Silence, which follows three individuals and their experiences with mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.[167] Lovato featured in Cheat Codes' song "No Promises", released in March 2017,[168] and Jax Jones's "Instruction" along with Stefflon Don, released in June 2017.[169] In 2017, Lovato was included in Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people.[170][171] On May 8, 2017, she announced a collaboration with sportswear line Fabletics to support the United Nations' initiative, Girl Up.[172]

In July 2017, Lovato released "Sorry Not Sorry" as the first single from her sixth album,[173] which became her highest charting song in New Zealand and the United States at number 6[174][175] as well as Australia at number 8.[176] It also became her highest selling song in the US for its quadruple Platinum certification by RIAA.[177] The album, titled Tell Me You Love Me, was released on September 29 and opened at number three on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 48,000 copies.[178][179] It received positive reviews from music critics and became Lovato's first album to be certified Platinum in the US.[180][181] On October 17, Lovato released Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated on YouTube, a documentary focusing on her life, career, and personal struggles.[182][183] It was nominated for "Best Music Documentary" at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.[184] In October 2017, Lovato announced tour dates for the North American leg of her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, with special guests DJ Khaled and Kehlani. She confirmed European and South American legs of the tour in the following months, and the tour commenced in February 2018.[185][186]

In November 2017, Lovato released a song titled "Échame la Culpa" with Luis Fonsi.[187] Lovato performed at the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018.[188] In May, Christina Aguilera released a track from her album Liberation titled "Fall in Line" featuring Lovato,[189] and she was also featured on Clean Bandit's song "Solo".[190] The latter became Lovato's first number-one song in the United Kingdom.[191] On June 21, Lovato released a new single titled "Sober" which she referred to as "my truth" and discusses struggles with addiction and sobriety.[192]

2019: Return to acting and new music

On May 11, 2019, via an Instagram post, Lovato revealed that she had signed with a new manager, Scooter Braun.[193] She shared that she "couldn't be happier, inspired and excited to begin this next chapter".[193] Throughout the year, Lovato has been teasing fans on social media with hints of new music and revealed in August that a new album was on the way.[194]

In August 2019, it was revealed that Lovato had joined the cast of Eurovision, a Netflix original movie, directed by David Dobkin, based on the song competition of the same name. Lovato is set to star alongside Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.[195] This marks Lovato's first acting role since guest starring in Glee in 2013. Later in the month, after teasing that she had been working on a new project, Lovato revealed via an Instagram post that she would be making her return to television with a guest role in the final season of NBC sitcom Will & Grace.[196]

Artistry

Influences

Christina Aguilera Performing
Kelly Clarkson Standing
Christina Aguilera (left) and Kelly Clarkson (right) both heavily influenced Lovato.

Lovato has listed Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson as her biggest influences.[197] Her other influences include Britney Spears,[198] Rihanna, Keri Hilson,[199] Jennifer Lopez,[200] Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alexz Johnson,[201] Billie Holiday, Spice Girls[202] and Billy Gilman.[197] About Gilman she said, "We had the same voice range when I was young. I would practice to his songs all the time."[203] Lovato listened to metal music in her teens[204] and has said that John Mayer's songwriting has been a "huge influence" on her and that after the release of Unbroken, her musical style shifted towards hip hop and R&B.[197]

Lovato says, "I had a lot of respect for Whitney Houston, and Christina Aguilera, on some songs where she was really amazing and wasn't trying to be sexy or anything like that."[205] About her admiration for Clarkson, Lovato says, "I just thought she was a great role model. She was never publicly seen drinking and driving or wearing really scandalous clothes or anything like that. I feel like she set a really great example and she was extremely talented."[206] Lovato's The Neon Lights Tour was "inspired by Beyoncé."[207]

Voice

Nick Levine of Digital Spy, commenting on her vocals for her album, Don't Forget, stated, "she's certainly a stronger singer than the Jonases. In fact, her full-bodied vocal performances are consistently impressive."[208] Becky Brain of Idolator wrote that Lovato has a "killer voice and the A-list material to put it to good use."[209] According to Sophie Schillaci of The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainer "has a voice that can silence even the harshest of critics. Something not often found in her peers."[210] For Lovato's second studio album, Here We Go Again, Jeff Miers from The Buffalo News wrote, "Unlike so many of her Disney-fied peers, Lovato can really sing...[and it's] refreshing [she doesn't need Auto-Tune] to mask any lack of natural ability."[211]

Upon working with Lovato on her third studio album, Unbroken, Ryan Tedder stated, "Demi blew me out of the water vocally! I had no idea how good her voice is. She's one of the best singers I've ever worked with. Literally, that good... I mean, she's a Kelly Clarkson-level vocalist. And Kelly has a set of pipes." He also commented on their work together on the song "Neon Lights" from Lovato's fourth studio album, saying, "She, in pop music, has one of the biggest ranges, possibly the highest full voice singer I've ever worked with."[212] Tamsyn Wilce from Alter the Press commented on her vocals on Demi, stating "it shows just how strong her vocal cords are and the variation of styles that she can completely work to make her own."[213]

In a review for the Neon Lights Tour, Mike Wass from Idolator commented "you don't need shiny distractions when you can belt out songs like Demi and connect with the crowd on such an emotional level."[214] In a review for the Demi World Tour, Marielle Wakim from Los Angeles Magazine commented on Lovato's vocals, stating, "For those who haven't bothered to follow Lovato's career, let's get something out of the way: the girl can sing. Get over your fear of being judged by your Facebook friends and Spotify her discography, because you're going to have the last laugh five years down the road (probably sooner) when she wins a Grammy. At 22 years old, her vocal range is astounding." She went on to further describe her vocals as "spectacular."[215]

Personal life

Residence

On her 18th birthday, Lovato bought a Mediterranean-style house in Los Angeles, California; however, she decided to live in a "sober house" in Los Angeles after leaving rehab in January 2011.[216]

Hobbies

Lovato started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2016.[217] She is currently ranked a blue belt in the martial art, which is derived from jujutsu.[218]

Relationships

Lovato had an on-off relationship with American singer Joe Jonas between 2008 and 2010, but they prioritized their friendship.[219] From 2010 to 2016, Lovato was in a relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama.[220][221][222] In the summer of 2016, Lovato began dating UFC mixed martial artist Luke Rockhold. They split in January 2017.[223] She then dated another MMA fighter, Guilherme Vasconcelos, until May 2017.[224]

Lovato had no interest in forging a relationship with her late father, Patrick, after his divorce from her mother.[225] She has been vocal about her abusive and strained relationship with her father and once stated, "He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he said, 'I'm so glad that [he's] taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do'."[226][227] She has written multiple songs about him.[228] Patrick died of cancer on June 22, 2013, at age 53.[229] After his death, Lovato said that he had been mentally ill, and in his honor she created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program.[230]

Personal issues

Lovato had suffered from depression, an eating disorder, self-harm, and being bullied before she went into rehab at the age of 18.[231][232] On November 1, 2010, Lovato withdrew from the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour, entering a treatment facility for "physical and emotional issues".[233] It was reported[151] that she decided to enter treatment after punching female dancer Alex Welch; her management and family convinced her she needed help. Lovato said she took "100 percent, full responsibility" for the incident.[231] On January 28, 2011, Lovato completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls and returned home. She acknowledged that she had had bulimia, had harmed herself, and had been "self-medicating" with drugs and alcohol "like a lot of teens do to numb their pain".[234] She added that she "basically had a nervous breakdown" and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during her treatment.[235] Lovato later said that she had used cocaine several times a day and smuggled cocaine onto airplanes.[236]

Lovato speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016

In April 2011, Lovato became a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine, writing an article that described her struggles.[237] In March 2012, MTV aired a documentary, Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, about her rehab and recovery.[238] She began work on her fourth album the following month.[239] In January 2013, it was reported that Lovato had been living in a sober-living facility in Los Angeles for more than a year because she felt it was the best way to avoid returning to her addictions and eating disorder.[240] Lovato celebrated the six year anniversary of her sobriety on March 15, 2018.[241]

In her 2017 YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, Lovato revealed publicly that her treatment at Timberline Knolls was not entirely successful, stating that she still struggled with alcoholism and a cocaine addiction in the year following her stint in the treatment centre and further revealing that she was in fact under the influence of cocaine while being interviewed about her sobriety for Demi Lovato: Stay Strong.[242][243][244][245] She stated: "I wasn't working my program. I wasn't ready to get sober. I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew."[243]

Lovato also stated that her drug and alcohol addictions caused her to not only nearly overdose several times, but later began to impact her ability to perform and promote her third studio album Unbroken, referencing a 2012 performance on the eleventh season of American Idol where she was severely hungover.[242][244][245] After her management team had expressed their intentions to leave her, Lovato agreed to resume treatment and counseling for her addictions, leading to her move to a sober-living facility in Los Angeles with roommates and responsibilities to help her overcome her drug and alcohol problems.[242][245]

On June 21, 2018, Lovato released "Sober" in which she revealed she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.[246]

On July 24, 2018, she was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after emergency services were called to her home due to an opioid overdose.[247][248] She was reported to be stable and recovering later in the day.[247] Lovato was reported to have overdosed on oxycodone laced with fentanyl[249] and was revived with naloxone.[250] She was hospitalized for two weeks and subsequently entered an in-patient rehab facility.[251] In December 2018, Lovato took to Twitter to dismiss rumors about her overdose and went on to thank her fans, writing: "If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF. All my fans need to know is I'm working hard on myself, I'm happy and clean and I'm SO grateful for their support."[252] She went on to add that some day she'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 shit that you know nothing about. I still need space and time to heal."[252]

Activism

Lovato is an active supporter of LGBT rights. When the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down in June 2013, she tweeted: "Gay, straight, lesbian, bi. ... No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality."[253] Lovato later said: "I believe in gay marriage, I believe in equality. I think there's a lot of hypocrisy with religion. But I just found that you can have your own relationship with God, and I still have a lot of faith."[254]

On December 23, 2011, Lovato posted a message on Twitter criticizing her former network for airing episodes of Shake It Up and So Random! in which characters joked about eating disorders. Disney Channel publicity officials quickly took action, apologizing to Lovato and removing the episodes from the network's broadcast and video on demand sources after additional criticism (following Lovato's post) on the network's public-relations account.[255]

Lovato identifies as a feminist.[256]

Lovato spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia about raising awareness for mental health,[257] and also performed at the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. in March 2018.[258][259]

In October 2019, Lovato was paid $150,000 by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs for a trip to Israel, where she was baptised in the Jordan River. After posting pictures on Instagram, she immediately received backlash due to the occupation of Palestine, but later insisted that it was meant to be a spiritual experience, not a political statement.[260]

Philanthropy

In May 2009, Lovato was named an Honorary Ambassador of Education by the American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders.[261] As part of her involvement with Disney's Friends for Change, Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez recorded the initiative's theme song ("Send It On") in 2009. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 20,[57][262] and its proceeds were directed to environmental charities through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.[56] Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded another song, "Make a Wave", for the charity in March 2010.[72] She is also spokesperson for the Join the Surge Campaign!, DoSomething.Org and Joining the Surge by Clean & Clear; the latter is a national campaign encouraging teenagers to take action in their communities.[263]

Lovato was featured in a January 2010 public-service announcement for Voto Latino to promote the organization's "Be Counted" campaign preparing for the 2010 United States Census.[264] In October 2010 she was the spokeswoman for the anti-bullying organization, PACER.[265] Lovato participated in the "A Day Made Better" school advocacy campaign[266] and has supported DonateMyDress.org, Kids Wish Network, Love Our Children USA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and City of Hope.[267] In April 2012 she became a contributing editor of Seventeen magazine, describing her personal struggles to its female teenage audience.[237] She became a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER and appeared on America's Next Top Model to speak out against bullying.[268]

In October Lovato was named the ambassador of Mean Stinks, a campaign focused on eliminating bullying by girls.[269] In May 2013 she was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental-health problems at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington.[270] In late June 2013 Lovato announced the creation of the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program, named for her late father, to pay treatment costs for mentally-ill patients.[230] In August 2013, she traveled to Kenya for her 21st birthday to participate in a program of the international charity organization Free the Children.[271]

In May 2014, Lovato was named the LA Pride Parade Grand Marshal and the lead performer for NYC Pride Week for her contribution to the LGBT community. NYC Pride spokesperson Patti Diluigi said, "Demi Lovato is an amazing role model for today's youth, both LGBT and non-LGBT, for her activism in the area of equality, positive messaging on body image, and level of openness with her struggles. As a community, we're fortunate to have an ally like Demi."[272] Lovato has also become the face of Human Rights Campaign's America's for Marriage Equality. For the announcement of the campaign, Lovato stated "Whether you're LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible love. So let's protect love and strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing loving, caring and committed same-sex couples to legally marry. Please join me and the majority of American citizens who support marriage equality."[273] On April 2, 2016, Lovato received the GLAAD Vanguard Award for making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards ceremony.[274]

As of September 2015, Lovato's name appears on the "Unclaimed Coogan" list, which is a fund for child actors whose earnings were partially withheld, but which remain unclaimed by the former child performers.[275]

Lovato at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, July 2017

In June 2016, Lovato was among the artists that signed an open letter to stop gun violence, created by Billboard.[276] That month, the Human Rights Campaign also released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Lovato and others told the stories of the people killed there.[277][278]

In January 2017, Lovato returned to Kenya to participate in working with We Movement to do work with women and children.[279] In March 2017, as a celebration of five-year anniversary of sobriety, Lovato donated money to Los Angeles-based charities, randomly selecting a group of causes based on their work, which included animal, LGBT and adoption rights.[280][281] On March 22, Lovato will be honored with the Artistic Award of Courage at The Jane and Terry Semel Institute's biannual Open Mind Gala, which recognizes those who raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health issues.[282]

Lovato partnered with Fabletics in May 2017 on limited edition activewear collection.[283] The collaboration was in support of the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign to fund programs "for some of the world's most marginalized adolescent girls."[284][285] On September 23, 2017, Lovato was named a Global Citizen ambassador for championing the mental health of thousands of children displaced within Iraq and other communities. Lovato and Global Citizen will fund the expansion of a Save the Children pilot program, Healing and Education through the Arts, to violence-scarred young people living around Kirkuk and Saladin Governorate, Iraq.[286]

Discography

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Camp Rock Mitchie Torres Television film
2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Herself Concert film
Princess Protection Program Rosie Gonzalez / Rosalinda María Montoya Fiore Television film
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Mitchie Torres Television film
2012 Demi Lovato: Stay Strong Herself Documentary
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Smurfette[287] Voice role
Louder Together Herself Documentary
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated Herself[183][288][289] Documentary, also executive producer
2018 Charming Lenore[290][291] Voice role
2020 Eurovision Katiana[292] Netflix film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 Barney & Friends Angela Main role (season 78)
2006 Prison Break Danielle Curtin Episode: "First Down"
2007–2008 As the Bell Rings Charlotte Adams Lead role (season 1)
2007 Just Jordan Nicole Episode: "Slippery When Wet"
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream[citation needed] Herself 3 episodes
Disney Channel Games[citation needed] Herself / Contestant 5 episodes, part of Blue Team
2009–2011 Sonny with a Chance Sonny Munroe Lead role
2010 Grey's Anatomy Hayley May Episode: "Shiny Happy People"
America's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "Diane von Furstenberg"
2010–2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself Episodes: "The Williams Family" and "The McPhail Family"[293]
2012 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Nick Cannon"[citation needed]
Teen Choice Awards Herself Co-hosted with Kevin McHale[citation needed]
This Is How I Made It Herself Episode: "Demi Lovato and B.o.B"[294]
2012–2013 The X Factor Judge / Mentor season 23
2013–2014 Glee Dani Recurring role (season 5); 4 episodes
2014 Matador Party Guest Episode: "Quid Go Pro" (uncredited)[citation needed]
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Episode: "Divine Inspiration"[citation needed]
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Maia Episodes: "There Will Be Blood" and "Santa Sangre"[citation needed]
We Day Host Television special (10th edition)
2016 Victoria's Secret Swim Special Herself / Musical Guest Television special[citation needed]
2017 One Love Manchester Herself Television special
Project Runway Herself Episode: "We're Sleeping Wear?"[citation needed]
The Voice of Germany Herself / Advisor season 7; Yvonne Catterfeld's team[citation needed]
2018 Keeping up with the Kardashians Herself Cameo; Episode: "The Lord & His Lady"[citation needed]
2019 The Bachelorette Herself Episode: "After the Final Rose"[citation needed]
2020 Will & Grace Jenny Recurring role (season 11)

Tours

Awards and nominations

Demi Lovato has won several awards, including an award at the MTV Video Music Awards, one award at the ALMA Awards, five People's Choice Awards, a Billboard Women in Music award, a Guinness World Record and fourteen Teen Choice Awards. Lovato has received two Grammy Award nominations, four Billboard Music Awards nominations and three Brit Award nominations.[citation needed]

Bibliography

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  • Staying Strong: A Journal, Feiwel & Friends (October 7, 2014), ISBN 978-1-250-06352-6

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