Music News

Demi Lovato attends the 2023 Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton on May 03, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

Demi Lovato is relieved to learn about her bipolar diagnosis. The “Met Him Last Night” singer, 30, recently explained that her diagnosis explained why she felt certain emotions throughout her life. Lovato said in her 2021 Dancing with the Devil documentary that she was initially misdiagnosed.

“I had spent so many years struggling, and I didn’t know why I was a certain way in dealing with depression at such extreme lows when I seemingly had the world in front of me just ripe with opportunities.” The Sonny With A Chance alum recalled being 15 years old on a tour bus, watching fans trying to get her to wave to them. “And all I could do was just sit there and cry,” she continued and questioned, “‘Why am I so unhappy?'”

RELATED: Demi Lovato’s Directorial Debut Investigates Impact of Being a Child Star

Lovato said that one of the reasons why she shared her diagnosis publicly was because she wanted to pass on what she has learned to others out there struggling with similar things she went through. “I knew that if I could help others with their journey, then that’s exactly what I wanted to do,” she said. “And so I decided to be open and honest about what I had finally learned about myself.”

The singer-songwriter first revealed her bipolar diagnosis in 2011, during her three-month stay at a treatment center, where she underwent therapy for anorexia and bulimia. She discovered why she was having trouble controlling her emotions and actions. “I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar,” Lovato explained. “Looking back, it makes sense. There were times when I was so manic I was writing seven songs in one night, and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning. I feel like I am in control now where my whole life I wasn’t in control,” she added.

Demi Lovato's 14 Best Live Performances Ranked

Demi Lovato celebrates their last year of their 20’s today, and they’ve endured and overcame so many things in their 29 years.

Demi began their career on the children’s television series Barney & Friends in 2002, moving to Disney channel movie series Camp Rock as Mitchie Torres and the star of television series Sonny with a Chance.

“I lost my virginity in a rape,” Lovato revealed in their documentary Dancing With The Devil during their days at Disney at age 15. Lovato has also been candid about their struggles with bulimia, self-harm and their drug overdose that almost cost them their life.

Lovato’s “California Sober” now, meaning they abstain from all drugs except marijuana and certain psychedelics, and seems happier and healthier than ever.

  • 14. Skyscraper

    We’ll start off with an old one, with Lovato’s 2012 “Skyscraper” performance. Their voice sounds so fragile yet powerful

  • 13. Stone Cold

    Joe Jonas accompanied Lovato’s performance of “Stone Cold” on the piano during their 2016 tour Future Now, offering his voice in harmony.

  • 12. Body Say

    Lovato got sensual during their performance of “Body Say” on their 2016 Honda Civic Tour: Future Now, setting the mood with red lights.

  • 11. Heart Attack

    From their 2016 Live On Honda Civic Tour: Future Now, Lovato’s performance of “Heart Attack” was upgraded with the use of drums and guitar, not to mention the backup singers perfectly harmonizing with the singer.

  • 10. Sorry Not Sorry

    Lovato performed “Sorry Not Sorry” many times in 2017, but their performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was the greatest. The energy, voice and bold red outfit embodied the “sorry not sorry” persona best of all.

  • 9. Silent Night

    Lovato’s 2016 rendition of “Silent Night” is a soulful masterpiece perfect to add to your holiday playlist.

  • 8. OK Not To Be OK featuring Marshmello

    Demi Lovato and Marshmello performed “OK Not To Be OK” for a fundraising event to aid independent music venues at risk of closing their doors permanently last year, as the pandemic forced many venues to shut their doors for good.

  • 7. Anyone

    Another amazing live performance from their Los Angeles premiere of the Dancing With The Devil documentary, Lovato’s powerful voice singing “Anyone” begs for anyone to come to their aid during the darkest of times.

  • 6. Tell Me You Love Me

    Performed live on TikTok from this April, Demi is joined by a live band singing 2017’s “Tell Me You Love Me” from her album, Pop Royalty. She sounds more powerful and soulful than ever in the four-minute video.

  • 5. ICU (Madison's Lullabye)

    Written for her 19-year-old half-sister, Madison Lee De La Garza, Lovato dedicated the song at the start of the Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil documentary premiere in Los Angeles earlier this year. “I tried to protect you, I want to direct you to keep you from my mistakes,” Lovato sings in the emotional song. When Lovato was in the ICU, she asked Madison who she was because she was unable to see.

  • 4. The Art Of Starting Over

    Another beautiful stripped-down performance from her Live on TikTok series, Demi showcases the beauty of her powerful voice with the song “The Art Of Starting Over” from her latest album, Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over.

  • 3. Mad World

    Demi totally made her cover of Tears For Fears’ 1982 “Mad World” entirely her own during her Live on TikTok series. Fans praised Lovato in the comments section with one writing, “i might be delusional here… but her voice now has certain qualities to it that i’ve never heard in it before, even just two years ago. some sort of tenderness that i just can’t put my finger on. fascinating. fascinatingly beautiful.”

  • 2. Father

    In a powerful and touching performance to celebrate the release of the documentary, Simply Complicated, Demi Lovato sang with just a piano their 2015 hit, “Father,” off their album Confident. Patrick Lovato, Demi’s father, passed away in 2013 after years of battle with cancer. Patrick and Demi’s mother, Dianna, divorced in 1994. The singer had been estranged from her father since 2007.

  • 1. Dancing With The Devil

    Performing live at the Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil documentary premiere in Los Angeles, California, Demi belted out a powerful performance from her most powerful song to date, “Dancing With The Devil.”

Sign me up for the WJBR email newsletter!

You love Mix 99.5 WJBR, so join the Insiders Club! Be the first to know about our awesome ticket giveaways, the latest updates with your favorite artists, and more delivered right to your inbox.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.