Demi Lovato on dating and disappointment

From BBC - October 1, 2017

"Five, four, three, two, one!"

Pop star Demi Lovato is doing her best impression of Nasa's mission control as she records an insert for a forthcoming TV show.

Standing in an alcove of BBC Broadcasting House, as staff mill around with laptops and coffee cups, she's really giving it some welly - which is impressive considering she has literally no idea what she is counting down from, or to.

"Yeah, I do not know what that was for," laughs Lovato as she sidles into a seat to chat about her new album, Tell Me You Love Me.

It's the 25-year-old's sixth record since she began her career as a child actress on the TV show Barney and Friends. Since then, she's starred in Camp Rock alongside the Jonas Brothers, appeared as a judge on The X Factor USA, and become a fierce advocate for anti-bullying and mental health campaigns.

That's partly because she's had to face her own problems - including cocaine use, bulimia, self-harm, and bipolar disorder - culminating, in 2012, with a year-long stay in a sober living facility.

She addresses some of those issues for the first time on her new record, in particular on You Do not Do It For Me Anymore, which describes giving up drugs in the form of a break-up ballad.

The album also dwells on the end of her six-year relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama (Lonely); and the lasting effects of her birth father's absence (Daddy Issues).

But there's also space for a few of her trademark party anthems and, on the title track, the vocal performance of her career.

With the countdown out of the way, Demi spills the beans on the stories behind the songs - and the time she almost killed a Beatle.

I know it's a cliche, but this feels like your most personal album yet. Was that the goal?

It just came out in the writing. I would go into the studio with an idea based off of a personal experience Like one of the songs, Games, I went on a bad date and I wrote a song about it.

What happened?

Oh! I'd rather not say. But just being disrespected. This guy just treated me really poorly, and was playing games the whole time.

Is it harder to date when you are in the public eye?

It's easy and it's difficult, too.

But it's kind of nice because if you find somebody attractive, you can just hit them up or, like, slide into their DMs [direct messages] and be like, "Hey, what's going on?"

One of the songs on the album, Ruin The Friendship, is about making a move on a close friend. It's almost a comedy of errors...

A lot of people read the title and think it's about animosity - but it's a very sexy song.

Have you ever been tempted to hook up with a friend?

Yes! That's what I wrote the song about! A certain friendship that I have with someone - and I want to ruin that with them.

How long have you kept it secret?

I think it's been a long time coming.

I actually ended up sending this song to the person. And it turned out they had a song they wrote about me! So we, like, exchanged songs, which was funny.

So did that lead to something romantic, or did you just laugh about it together?

Ummm Let's move on!

OK... On Concentrate, you sing about listening to Coldplay while you are in bed with someone. I ca not imagine a less sexy band...

Oh really? I think his voice is sexy! But also - I did not write the song.

So what would be your baby-making music?

Probably The Weeknd.

I once asked Usher if he knew of any babies that been conceived to his music, and he said "yes, my son".

Oh. Wow. That's creepy. I ca not say I listen to my own music while I am I am doing it!

You employ a huge range of vocal colours and tones across the album. What's your favourite?


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