Demi Lovato Gets Candid About Body Image & Addiction Issues

Demi Lovato got candid in a new interview with Bustle, for its July cover story, as she opened up body image and addiction issues, and how she's allowed herself to become more vulnerable and intimate with people throughout the healing process.

Accompanied by several gorgeous photos, wearing monochrome neutral outfits, Lovato explained of preparing for things like photo shoots years ago, compared to now, "I used to have people watching me the night before a photo shoot to make sure that I didn't binge or eat and be swollen the next day." She added, "It's just a totally different world now. … I don't prepare for photo shoots, even. I can eat Subway for breakfast."

And later on in the interview, she said, "I would have prepared for something like Coachella or a photo shoot. I don't look like Beyoncé. But I can't risk my mental health because I have things in my history that Beyoncé doesn't or may not have. For me, it's a riskier thing."

Looking forward to the future, Demi explained that she wants "a career that has nothing to do with my body" — the star wants her message, music and lyrics to take center stage. She said, "I want it to be about my music and my lyrics and my message. And I want a long-lasting career that I don't have to change myself for. Music brought me so much joy when I was younger, and I lost that joy throughout the hustle and bustle of the music industry. I got miserable. And I don't ever want it to be like that again. That’s what I want."

Lovato also revealed that in all of the work that she's put into healing after her addiction and overdose, she is able to be more vulnerable. She explained, "Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I'm only going to cry if people pay me to." She added, “I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I've had or the adversities or traumas that I've faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened."

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