Demi Lovato covers Teen Vogue's November 2012 issue. The 20-year-old 'X Factor' judge sits down for a chat with the magazine and opens up about music, boys, the importance of being real, and life after rehab.

Demi Lovato covers Teen Vogue's November 2012 issue. The 20-year-old 'X Factor' judge sits down for a chat with the magazine and opens up about music, boys, the importance of being real, and life after rehab.
"Obviously, I sleep, eat right, exercise, and meditate. And even when I'm filming or touring, I keep up my daily routine. I know that I can't miss my therapy appointments or things will get a little rocky, so I always put my recovery first," the young star confesses in the interview.

On saying no to things, Demi admits that, "It's something I had to learn. I've always been a really hard worker, and so many of the opportunities I've had were exciting. But I'm still glad that I started working so young, because I'd dreamt about this for so long, and I might not have had the same opportunities if I'd waited."

Demi also reveals that when she's not touring or recording, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. "I'm consistently busy, but I make sure I spend a lot of time with my friends and family. I did kind of a friend cleanse right after rehab, where I weeded out people who didn't have my best interests at heart. Now I have friends who love me for who I am and don't care about what I'm doing. Most of them aren't in the industry. Some of them don't even know my songs," she says.

Demi Lovato Covers Teen Vogue November 2012 Demi Lovato Covers Teen Vogue November 2012

In the cover story, Demi also talks about rumors regarding her relationship with Niall Horan from One Direction. "He's a really awesome, sweet guy. But he's not my boyfriend.... I'm in a place right now where I really need to focus on myself. Obviously, I'm still going to like people — or love them—but I need to not be in a relationship for a while because I need to be okay with being alone, first. I'm really happy right now. I never thought it was possible to be happy because of how depressed I was my entire life. But I feel so incredible. It's like I'm living in a dream," she told Teen Vogue.

Speaking about the chance Simon offered her to join The X Factor, Demi says that, "It was a no-brainer! Right before I got the offer, I'd been sitting in a meeting feeling really discouraged [about my career], wishing I was further along. And I decided that I needed to stop thinking about what I wished I had and start thinking about what I was going to have. I was ready to do something new, and I wanted to put that out there, in the universe . . . and then he called, literally, a week and a half later.

On looking up to Britney Spears at the beginning of her career, Demi confesses that, "Yeah, she was one of the first concerts I ever went to. She's incredible. She's such an icon that I didn't know what to expect, but I was excited to find out that she's really sweet and funny and quirky. We have so much fun. We're the two girls on the show, so we're always laughing together, and we kind of have each other's backs."

As on a possible new back-to-back ballads album, the songstress says that, "No. I love the way that Adele has carved out a path for a singer that's very emotional, but I also love how Taylor Swift can do the same thing - she puts a lot into her songs yet they're still very catchy. I will say that I'm tired of all the dubstep that's on the radio right now—I think it's going to be out in two months. I want to make something that people will listen to for a while, rather than something that's just trendy. I feel like I've grown as a person, and I want my music to grow with me."

Read Demi Lovato's full interview in Teen Vogue's November 2012 issue.

Demi Lovato Covers Teen Vogue November 2012

Demi Lovato Covers Teen Vogue November 2012

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