The past year has been quite a challenge for Demi Lovato. But despite her demons and setbacks, she is back and doing so much better. At the 2019 ‘Teen Vogue’ summit, Demi sat down with the editor in chief, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, in her first big interview since her accidental overdose last year. From body image to how she uses social media, here’s everything we’ve learned from Demi’s interview.
Her self image has changed a lot
“I think it’s been a very introspective year for me. I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot,” says Demi in terms of how her self image has changed in the past 12 months and how she plans on using the new perspective to be the person she wants to be.
This is something major and so important to share because fans and people who don’t hail from Hollywood are often comparing themselves to those in the spotlight when in reality, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies.
She believes that accepting her body is different to body positivity.
Speaking about the social movement of body positivity, Demi talks about the reality of how it hasn’t actually worked for her. “We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body. Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself.”
“I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say ‘I love my body, you’re beautifully and wonderfully made.’ But I didn’t believe it. I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is ‘I’m healthy.’ In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body. I am saying I’m healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything.”
Demi has been listening to her body more
Instead of pushing herself in the gym to make her body look different, she’s returning to working out with a new approach and is feeling strong.
“For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme,” Demi said. “I think that’s what led me down a darker path — I was still engaging in these behaviors. Embracing my body as it is naturally is why I took the month of October off the gym.”
We’re so proud!
As well as her body, she’s becoming more accepting of her true self
Demi is finding that being more self-accepting towards her true self is helping her discover just what it is she wants from life.
“Over the past five years I’ve learned life is not worth living unless you’re living for yourself. If you’re trying to be someone you’re not, or you’re trying to please other people, it’s not going to work out in the long run,” she said. “If you want to dye your hair purple, dye your hair purple. If you want to love someone of the same sex, love someone of the same sex. Be yourself and don’t be afraid of what people think.”
She’s applying the same attitude towards her use of social media
Demi recently posted an incredible image of herself in a bikini that was completely unedited in terms of her body – something that was once a huge fear of hers. She has decided to tune out the haters and rather listening to her heart and posting what she wants.
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This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day. It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit. Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem.. 🙏🏼🙌🏼🤷🏻♀️ also. Just so everyone’s clear.. I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. 💗 #nationalcelulliteday #celluLIT 🔥🔥🔥
“What people don’t realize is I’m an extremely sensitive person. When someone says something mean about me or makes a meme making fun of me, I have a good sense of humor. But when it’s a very serious subject it can be hurtful. Even if you have an account thats like ‘ImaDemiFan,’ that’s the name, and you leave one comment that said ‘You look like Lord Farquaad with that hair,’ I’m like, ‘damn, that kind of sucks,'” Demi said. “I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it.”
An outlook that more of us 100% need to start considering for ourselves, that’s for sure.
She also sees as much positivity from social media as the negativity
Demi was sure to make it known that as much as she does see negative comments on social media, she sees the support too.
“When I’m able to see both sides, it pulls me out from zeroing in on the negative,” she said. “But I’m human and I think that’s important to remember.”
She’s feeling confident in herself now more than ever
“What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” Demi said. “I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way. I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. That’s what I see when I look in the mirror — a strong woman.”
That’s our girl! We feel oh so proud of Demi right now!
New music is coming!
If you’ve been waiting patiently for new Demi Lovato new music (after all, she did recently join Scooter Braun’s team), then you’ll be pleased to know it’s on the way!
“I have new music coming. I didn’t say when — now I’m just teasing you. It’s important to remember that I am so cautious this time around of jumping back into things. I’ve really decided to take my time with things,” Demi said. “When the time is right, I will put it out there. I am dying to release new music … but everything in due time.”
We’re ready to pre-order, babe.
This was such an eye-opening interview, and we’re so thankful that Demi Lovato is opening up about “taboo” topics as a bid to get more people talking about their struggles of similar issues.
Welcome back, Demi! We’ve really missed you.
Read the full interview here.
What will you take from Demi’s interview? Are you excited that she’s doing better and ready for her next project? Sound off in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
Featured Image Source: Teen Vogue