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Actress/vocalist Demi Lovato began making a name for herself after starring alongside the Jonas Brothers in the 2008 Disney Channel movie Camp Rock. Born in 1992 in Dallas, Texas, she was raised in a household that included her mother (a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader) and her two sisters, the youngest of whom launched her own acting career in 2008. Demi started out as a child actress, starring as a cast regular on Barney and Friends before finding her way onto the Disney Channel with a brief role in As the Bell Rings. Lovato's debut album, Don't Forget, featuring songs co-written by the Jonas Brothers, was released by Hollywood Records several months after Camp Rock's premiere. It debuted at number two, confirming Lovato's status as a star in her own right, and was followed in 2009 by the chart-topping Here We Go Again. Meanwhile, Lovato continued to act, appearing in a popular sequel to Camp Rock and starring in her own Disney series, Sonny with a Chance. In 2010, following a widely reported altercation with a backup dancer, Lovato left a tour with the Jonas Brothers to enter a treatment center for unspecified physical and emotional problems. After leaving the facility in 2011, Lovato announced that she had been treated for bulimia, among other issues, and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She also revealed that she would not be returning to work on Sonny with a Chance. In 2011, Lovato released the studio album Unbroken, featuring the Toby Gad-produced single "Skyscraper," as well as the Timbaland/Missy Elliott-produced "All Night Long," but it was "Give Your Heart a Break" that was the album's second biggest hit, peaking at 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to being certified platinum.
Lovato's comeback continued in 2012 when she, along with Britney Spears, signed to be one of the four judges on the second season of the U.S. version of The X Factor, debuting in the fall of 2012. Lovato's role on The X Factor was a success, leading to her return for the 2013 season. Prior to the show's fall launch, Lovato released her fourth album, Demi, which appeared in May of 2013 preceded by the single "Heart Attack."
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut album, Don't Forget, that September; it has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 530,000 copies. In 2009, Lovato received her own television series, Sonny with a Chance. Her second album, Here We Go Again, was released that July and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200; its title track became her first single to break the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 15, and being certified platinum.
After the release of additional television films and their soundtracks in 2010, Lovato's personal issues put her career on hiatus and ended Sonny with a Chance after its second season. Her third album, Unbroken (2011), addresses several of her difficulties. Its lead single, "Skyscraper", became Lovato's first single at the time to be certified platinum in the United States; its second single, "Give Your Heart a Break", was certified triple platinum. Lovato was as a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor in 2012 and 2013. Her fourth album, Demi (2013), had first-week sales of 110,000 copies (the best debut week of Lovato's recording career). Its lead single, "Heart Attack" became her first song to chart within the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Lovato has received a number of accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, thirty one Teen Choice Awards nominations (twelve of which she won), five People's Choice Awards, two ALMA Awards and a Billboard Touring Awards. In 2013, Maxim ranked her 26th on its Hot 100 list and Billboard ranked her second on its Social 50 Artists of the Year list. Outside the entertainment industry, Lovato is involved with several social and environmental causes. In May 2013, she was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental-health challenges at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D.C.. She has also become an advocate for the LGBT community. In 2014 she was announced as the Grand Marshal for LA PRIDE week, and that same year she became the face for HRC's America's for Marriage Equality Campaign.Matt Collar. "Demi Lovato – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 11, 2013. Melissa Maerz (September 20, 2011). "Review: Demi Lovato's 'Unbroken'". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved April 9, 2013. "Demi Lovato Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story". The Biography Channel. A+E Networks. Retrieved March 10, 2013. "Demi Lovato Face of Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality - Fuse". Fuse. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
ContentsLife and career1.1 1992–2006: Early life and career beginnings1.2 2007–08: Camp Rock and Don't Forget1.3 2009–10: Sonny With a Chance and Here We Go Again1.4 2010–13: Unbroken, and The X Factor1.5 2013–2014: Demi and Glee1.6 2014–present: Fifth studio album
Life and career
1992–2006: Early life and career beginnings
Demetria Devonne Lovato was born on August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato (1960 — June 22, 2013) and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna Lee Hart (born Dianna Lee Smith; August 8, 1962). Lovato has an older sister, Dallas (born February 4, 1988); a younger maternal half-sister, actress Madison De La Garza, and an older paternal half-sister, Amber, to whom she first spoke when she was 20. Her parents divorced in the late summer of 1994, shortly after her second birthday. Lovato's father was of Mexican and Spanish descent, and she also has Irish, Italian and English ancestry. Patrick's patrilineal great-grandmother, Maria Cristina Perea, was a daughter of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea (1830–1913) and a great-granddaughter of Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez.
Lovato was raised in Dallas, Texas. With Selena Gomez, she began her acting career on the children's television series Barney & Friends as Angela. She began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten, when she also began dancing and acting classes. Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so badly that she asked for homeschooling, and she received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in April 2009. She later became a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER and appeared on America's Next Top Model to speak out against bullying. In 2006 Lovato appeared on Prison Break, and on Just Jordan the following year.
2007–08: Camp Rock and Don't Forget
In 2007 and 2008 Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series, As the Bell Rings. Lovato auditioned for the channel's television film Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance during the summer of 2007, and got both parts. Lovato played the lead character, aspiring singer Mitchie Torres, in Camp Rock. The film premiered on June 20, 2008 to 8.9 million viewers. Its soundtrack was released three days earlier; however, the music was considered less current than that of High School Musical. Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Lovato's acting skills were underwhelming and she "has the knee-jerk smile of someone who is often told she has a great smile". Lovato sang four songs on the soundtrack, including "We Rock" and "This Is Me". That summer, she began her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour before the release of her debut album and appeared on the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour.
Lovato's debut album, Don't Forget, was released on September 23, 2008. 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". The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 89,000 copies. Ten of its songs were co-written with the Jonas Brothers. Don't Forget was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales of over 500,000 copies. Its lead single, "Get Back", was praised for its pop rock style and peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100, selling over 560,000 copies in the United States. The album's second single, "La La Land", was cited for its strong rock elements and peaked at number 52 in the US, and cracked the top 40 in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The music video was directed by Brendan Malloy and Tim Wheeler The album's third single, "Don't Forget" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number sixty-eight on October 11, 2008 and fell off the chart the following week.
2009–10: 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 friends Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. All proceeds from the song were donated to environmental charities supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Lovato's Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance, with her character Sonny Munroe the newest cast member of the show-within-a-show So Random!, premiered on February 8. 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 (and friend) Miley Cyrus. That June, she co-starred as Princess Rosalinda with Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel film, Princess Protection Program. The film, the third highest-rated Disney Channel original movie, premiered to 8.5 million viewers.
Lovato's second album, Here We Go Again, was released on July 21, 2009; she described its acoustic style as similar to that of John Mayer. The album received favorable reviews from critics who appreciated its enjoyable pop-rock elements, echoing reviews of Don't Forget. Lovato's first number-one album, it debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 108,000 copies. Before its release, she began her Summer Tour 2009. The album's lead single, "Here We Go Again" peaked 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, The song peaked at number 68 on the Canadian Hot 100 and 38 in New Zealand. The album's second and final single, "Remember December" was a commercial failure, but it did peaked at number 80 on the UK Singles Chart.
The entertainer made her first 40-city national concert tour, Live in Concert, in support of Here We Go Again. The tour, from June 21 to August 21, 2009, had David Archuleta, KSM and Jordan Pruitt as opening acts and Lovato and Archuleta received the Choice Music Tour award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. In March 2010, Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded "Make a Wave" as the second charity single for Disney's Friends for Change. In May Lovato guest-starred as a teenage schizophrenic in the sixth-season Grey's Anatomy episode, "Shiny Happy People". Although critics praised her versatility, they were underwhelmed by her acting and felt that her appearance was designed primarily to attract viewers. Later that year she headlined her first international tour, the South American Tour, and joined the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour as a guest.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, with Lovato reprising her role as Mitchie Torres, premiered on September 3, 2010. Critics were ambivalent about the film's plot, and it has a 40-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, Lovato's performance was called "dependably appealing" by Jennifer Armstrong of Entertainment Weekly. The film premiered to eight million viewers, the number-one cable-television movie of the year by the number of viewers. Its accompanying soundtrack was released on August 10 with Lovato singing nine songs, including "Can't Back Down" and "Wouldn't Change a Thing". The soundtrack debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies. The Jonas Brothers' 2012 World Tour was reworked to incorporate Lovato and the rest of the film's cast; it began on August 7, two weeks later than planned. The Sonny with a Chance soundtrack was released on October 5; Lovato sang on four tracks, including "Me, Myself and Time". It debuted (and peaked) at number 163 on the Billboard 200, her lowest-selling soundtrack.
2010–13: Unbroken, and The X Factor
That month Lovato also announced her departure from Sonny with a Chance, putting her acting career on hiatus and ending the series; she later said that she would return to acting when she felt confident doing so. 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.
Lovato released her third album, Unbroken, on September 20, 2011. Begun in July 2010, the album experimented with R&B and featured less pop rock. The stylistic change received mixed reviews from critics, who saw a growth in musicianship because of her struggles but found the music more generic than her previous efforts. The album's lead single, "Skyscraper", was acclaimed for its messages of self-worth and confidence, peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 176,000 downloads during the first week of release, becoming Lovato's highest first week sales, until the release of "Heart Attack" by Lovato in 2013. The song also Lovato's highest-peaked single since "This Is Me" reached number nine in August 2008. The song also debuted at number two on the Hot Digital Songs chart. "Skyscraper" received the Best Video With a Message award at the September 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The album's second and final single, "Give Your Heart a Break", peaked Billboard Hot 100 at number 16, making Lovato's fourth highest peaking song. Also, it has peaked at number 12 on the US Adult Top 40 chart, number 1 on the US Pop Songs chart and became the longest climb by a female artist to #1 in the Pop Songs chart history. In April 2014, the song was certified three-times platinum by the RIAA; as of October 2014, it has sold 2.1 million digital copies.
In May, she became a judge for the second season of the American version of The X Factor, with a reported salary of one million dollars. Joining Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, it was speculated that she was chosen to attract a younger audience. Mentoring the Young Adults category, her final act (CeCe Frey) finished sixth. At the Minnesota State Fair in August, Lovato announced that after a pre-show performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards she would release a single by December.
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. In March she was confirmed as returning for the The X Factor 's third season, with her salary reportedly doubling.
2013–2014: Demi and Glee
Demi was released on May 10, 2013, the album features electro- and teen pop. Although Jon Carmichael of The New York Times found Lovato's transition fun, according to Entertainment Weekly it signified a less-mature image. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 110,000 copies, the best-selling debut week of Lovato's career. It was also successful internationally, charting in the top ten in New Zealand, Spain and the UK. On June 11 Lovato released an e-book, Demi, on iBooks. The lead single, "Heart Attack" debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 215,000 copies. "Heart Attack" had the third-highest opening-week sales of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" and Ariana Grande's "The Way". The song peaked at number 10 (Lovato's third showing in the US top ten), and was also successful in Australia and Spain. The second single, "Made in the USA" peaked at number 80 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. The third single from Demi, "Neon Lights", peaked in the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 36 and in the US Hot Dance Club Songs at number one. The fourth single; "Really Don't Care" featuring English recording artist Cher Lloyd, became Lovato's third number one hit on the US Dance chart and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 before rising to peak position number 26. Lovato later released a deluxe version of her fourth studio album, which was to included 7 new tracks, consisting of 4 live performances and 3 studio recordings. One of these songs included a collaboration with Olly Murs on a song for his fourth studio album, entitled "Up."
Lovato contributed to the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack album with "Heart by Heart". On August 22, it was announced that Lovato had agreed to appear in at least six episodes of the fifth season of Glee. 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. On November 19 she released a book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, which topped the New York Times bestseller list. The entertainer has agreed to write a memoir, which is expected to be published in 2014.
Lovato announced her upcoming Neon Lights Tour (including a Canadian leg) on 29 September 2013, which began February 9, 2014 and ended May 17. On October 21 she released "Let It Go" for the Disney film Frozen, which was released in theaters on November 27, and the song was promoted as the single for the film's soundtrack. The song peaked in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 38, spending twenty weeks on the chart.
2014–present: Fifth studio album
On December 18, Lovato confirmed that she would not return to the The X Factor for a fourth season to focus on touring and recording her fifth album: "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." She also said, "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."
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In May 2009, Lovato was named an Honorary Ambassador of Education by the American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders. As part of her involvement with Disney's Friends for Change, Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers recorded the initiative's theme song ("Send It On") in 2009. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 20, and its proceeds were directed to environmental charities through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded another song, "Make a Wave", for the charity in March 2010. 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.
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. In October 2010 she was the spokeswoman for the anti-bullying organization, PACER. Lovato participated in the "A Day Made Better" school-advocacy campaign and has supported DonateMyDress.org, Kids Wish Network, Love Our Children USA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and City of Hope. In April 2012 she became a contributing editor of Seventeen magazine, describing her personal struggles to its female teenage audience. In October Lovato was named the ambassador of Mean Stinks, a campaign focused on eliminating bullying by girls. 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. 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. In August 2013, she traveled to Kenya for her 21st birthday to participate in a program of the international charity organization Free the Children.
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." Demi 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.""Demi Lovato Accepts Eosinophilic Honorary Ambassador Award". Crushable. May 12, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2013. ""Send It On," an anthem by the world's biggest teen stars, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, for Disney's "Friends for Change: Project Green," will debut on Radio Disney, Disney Channel, Disney.com and iTunes" (DOC) (Press release). Disney Channel Media Net. The Walt Disney Company. August 6, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009. Cite error: The named reference iTunes was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Cite error: The named reference iTunesMakeAWave was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Join the Sourge Spokesperson". Demi Lovato Web. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. "Voto Latino campaign, January 10, 2010". Demi Lovato Daily. Retrieved March 16, 2013. "Demi Lovato, PACER and FacebookÂ® Team Up to Stop Cyberbullying During National Bullying Prevention Month". National Bullying Prevention Center. October 1, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2013. Sarah Peel (October 7, 2010). "Demi Lovato Does 'A Day Made Better' School Advocacy Campaign". BSCKids. Retrieved March 16, 2013. "Demi Lovato's Charity Work, Events and Causes". Look to the Stars: The World of Celebrity Giving. Retrieved March 10, 2013. Cite error: The named reference Seventeen2011 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Cory Midgarden (September 24, 2012). "Demi Lovato Tackling Girl-To-Girl Bullying, One 'Mean' Girl At A Time". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved March 16, 2013. Harris, Nadia-Elysse (May 8, 2013). "Demi Lovato Honored At National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Event". Medicaldaily.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013. Lovece, Frank (June 27, 2013). "Demi Lovato discusses father's death on 'Good Morning America'". Newsday. Retrieved June 28, 2013. Lovato, Demi. "Me, my momma, David Johnson". Twitter. Retrieved August 24, 2013. "MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING RECORDING ARTIST, DEMI LOVATO GOES BICOASTAL FOR PRIDE". NYC Pride. May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. http://www.fuse.tv/2014/07/demi-lovato-human-rights-campaign-marriage-equality,
Lovato has listed Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Billy Gilman and Billie Holiday among her musical influences. About Gilman she said, "We had the same voice range when I was young. I would practice to his songs all the time." Lovato listened to metal music in her teens, and has said that John Mayer's songwriting has been a "huge influence" on her. After the release of Unbroken, she said that her musical styles have shifted towards hip hop and R&B. Lovato said about her admiration for Clarkson, "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." Lovato's Neon Lights Tour was "inspired by Beyoncé."
Lovato is a mezzo-soprano. and has been complimented throughout her career for her voice. Nick Levine of Digital Spy commented on her vocals, for her album Don't Forget, stating "she's certainly a stronger singer than the Jonases. In fact, her full-bodied vocal performances are consistently impressive." Becky Brain of Idolator wrote that Lovato has a "killer voice and the A-list material to put it to good use". According to Sophie Schillaci of the The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainer "has a voice that can silence even the harshest of critics. Something not often found in her peers." 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 wrote that it was "refreshing" that Lovato does not need Auto-Tune "to mask any lack of natural ability". 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, stating "She in pop music has one of the biggest ranges, possibly the highest full voice singer I've ever worked with." Tamsyn Wilce from Alter The Press commented on her vocals on 'DEMI', stating "it shows just how strong her vocal chords are and the variation of styles that she can completely work to make her own." 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."
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.""Demi Talks About Her Influences". Tiger Beat. Laufer Media. September 8, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2013. Joey Guerra (June 19, 2008). "Demi Lovato: Texas' own 'tween star". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved March 31, 2013. Chris Harris (August 29, 2008). "Demi Lovato metalhead?". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved March 16, 2013. "Demi Lovato Talks About Working With John Mayer". Disneydreaming.com. June 10, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2014. Nguyen, Vi-An (March 25, 2013). "Demi Lovato: I Want to 'Settle Down' in the Next Few Years". Parade. Retrieved April 17, 2014. Garibaldi, Christina. "Demi Lovato Will Make Like Queen Bey On Neon Lights Tour". MTV. Retrieved February 7, 2014. "Demi Lovato:Vocal range". Divadevotee.com. November 10, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2014. Nick Levine (April 26, 2009). "Demi Lovato: 'Don't Forget'". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved March 16, 2013. Brain, Becky (September 7, 2011). "Demi Lovato 'Unbroken': Fall Preview". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved September 16, 2011. Sophie Schillaci (July 19, 2012). "Demi Lovato at The Greek: Concert Review". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 31, 2013. Miers, Jeff (July 31, 2009). "Demi Lovato shows her talents on new disc". The Buffalo News (Berkshire Hathaway). Retrieved October 9, 2011. "OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder Hails Demi Lovato's Voice And "Incredible" Range - Video". Capital. October 12, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2014. "Alter The Press!: ATP! Album Review: Demi Lovato - Demi". Retrieved November 3, 2014. "Demi Lovato’s ‘Neon Lights’ Tour Shines Bright In Vancouver, Canada: Live Review - Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com". Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com. Retrieved November 3, 2014. "Music: If You're Not Listening to Demi Lovato, You're Doing it Wrong - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
In March 2009 Lovato said, "My first passion is music, because it comes naturally to me. Acting has been like a hobby." She dated Miley Cyrus's older half-brother Trace Cyrus in 2009. In 2010, she briefly dated Joe Jonas. On her eighteenth birthday, she bought a Mediterranean-style house in Los Angeles; however, she decided to live in a "sober house" in Los Angeles after leaving rehab in January 2011.
Lovato had no interest in forging a relationship with her late father, Patrick, after his divorce from her mother. He is the subject of "For the Love of a Daughter", reportedly prompted by a series of interviews he gave to profit from her fame. Patrick died of cancer on June 22, 2013, at age 53. After his death Lovato said that he had been mentally ill, and in his honor she created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program.
Lovato had experienced depression, an eating disorder and self-harm before going into rehab in November 2010. On 30 October 2010, Lovato withdrew from the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour, entering a treatment facility for "physical and emotional issues". It was reported that she decided to enter treatment after punching female backup dancer Alex Welch, which led to an intervention by her management and family, and she took "100 percent, full responsibility" for the incident. On January 28 Lovato completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls and returned home, acknowledging that she had had bulimia, harmed herself and was "self-medicating" with drugs and alcohol "like a lot of teens do to numb their pain". She added that she "basically had a nervous breakdown" and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during her treatment. Lovato later admitted that she had used cocaine several times a day and smuggled cocaine and alcohol onto airplanes. In April she became a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine, describing her struggles. In March 2012 MTV aired a documentary (Stay Strong) about Lovato's rehab and recovery, and she began work on her fourth album the following month. 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.
Lovato is a Christian, praying with her band before they perform, and an active supporter of gay rights. When the Defense of Marriage Act was repealed 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." 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." In an early November 2013 interview with Latina magazine, she said: "I'm the closest I've ever been with God. I have my own relationship with God and that's all that matters," and that she finds spirituality to be important part of maintaining balance in life.
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.Sarah Jenks-Daly. "Solo Act". Teen Vogue. Gina Sanders. Retrieved March 16, 2013. "Demi Lovato And Trace Cyrus Split". MTV News. Retrieved November 3, 2014. Lauren Waterman. "Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas on their Break Up: Teen Vogue Cover Story: Industry Insider". Teen Vogue. Gina Sanders. Retrieved March 16, 2013. "Demi Lovato Likes To Be Sober And Not Move Into Addiction Again, Makes Sober House Her Home". Mstarz. January 11, 2013. Antonia Hoyle (April 22, 2012). "The fame, the drugs, the self-harm". Fabulous. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2013. Cite error: The named reference Patrick was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Cover Media News (June 27, 2013). "Demi Lovato speaks on dad's death". CNN. Retrieved June 28, 2013. Lovece, Frank (June 27, 2013). "Demi Lovato discusses father's death on 'Good Morning America'". Newsday. Retrieved June 28, 2013. Janice Johnston (April 19, 2011). "Demi Lovato Interview: Teen Star Opens Up on Bulimia, Cutting Issues". ABC News. American Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2013. Natalie Finn (November 1, 2010). "Demi Lovato Enters Treatment Center for 'Issues'". E!. NBCUniversal. Retrieved March 14, 2010. "Demi Lovato Out Of Rehab". Radar Online. Retrieved January 28, 2011. Collis "Demi Lovato Exclusive Interview". Seventeen (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved March 14, 2013. "Disney Star Demi Lovato: I'm Bipolar". Fox News Channel. 21st Century Fox. April 20, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2013. Aussie Lovatic (December 2, 2013). "Demi's Access Hollywood Interview (Part 2)". YouTube. Retrieved December 24, 2013. "Demi Lovato Opens Up About the Pressure to Be Perfect". Seventeen (Hearst Corporation). April 19, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011. "Demi Lovato's 'Stay Strong' Documentary: Watch". Idolator. Buzz Media. March 7, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2013. "Demi Lovato Starts Work on Her Fourth Album". Sawfnews. WordPress. April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. "Demi Lovato: The Sober Living House Is My Home!". TMZ. Time Warner. January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013. Cite error: The named reference WP was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Blake, Emily. "Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato Proclaim '#LoveIsLove' After Gay-Marriage Ruling". MTV. Retrieved June 26, 2013. Tang, Vivian (November 22, 2013). "Demi's New Image? "[Neon Lights] Was My Grown-Up Sexy Video"". Cambio. Retrieved November 24, 2013. "Heart & Soul". Latina. November 2013. "As this year winds down, Lovato, who's of Spanish descent," Derschowitz, Jessica. "Demi Lovato slams Disney Channel over eating disorder joke". CBS News. Retrieved December 26, 2011.