Demi Lovato moves forward after struggling with bulimia, anorexia and self-injury. Now, the 19-year-old former Disney star is ready to start everything over and be reborn. Demi is featured in the January 2012 issue of Glamour magazine and opens up about her beauty routine, battle wounds, self-harming scars, dating and what she is looking for in a relationship.
The singer talked openly about her self-described meltdown and the childhood bullying thinking that this might help other young women and girls. Speaking about the healthiest thing that she does for herself every day, Demi told Glamour that, “Pray. I pray every night before I go to sleep and every morning when I wake up.”
After surviving an eating disorder and a very public emotional breakdown, the singer says that she now feels strong and beautiful. “I feel like I’m there. I feel beautiful, you know? I feel strong, and I feel confident in who I am,” she explained in the interview with the magazine. “Whenever you’re going through, you know, stuff, it definitely reflects in the way you wear your makeup and hair. Wearing less makeup is more comfortable for me,” Demi says about her look and how this changed in the last year. She reveals that her go-to makeup means “Concealer, foundation, blush, mascara. I can feel glamorous without makeup too, especially on my lips. They’re naturally reddish, so I often let them go.”
On the tattoos she got in order to cover the cutting scars on her wrist, Demi told the magazine that, “I think scars are like battle wounds—beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it. My tattoos say ‘Stay strong.’ ‘Stay’ on one [wrist] and ‘strong’ on the other. Now I’m able to look at them and be thankful for being alive. I think that I’ve been blessed over the past year to be able to start over.”
Speaking about the lyrics in ‘Skyscraper’ saying “Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground”, Demi admits that, “It’s to every person who tried to bring me down. Everyone has the bully or the mean girl or the ex-boyfriend who tried to bring them down. For me, I think of the people who really weren’t there for me when I went into treatment. It was a really dark time for me because I had only a few people — I had surrounded myself with so many artificial friendships. It’s about those people too.”
As for her love life, rumors say that Demi and her former boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama are back together. On what she is looking for in a guy, the singer told Glamour that, “Someone who’s not only supportive in my career but also in my recovery. It’s a big responsibility dating me. Because I come with a little bit of baggage, you know? I’m completely open. I’m honest about the journey I’ve been on, so I definitely don’t take dating lightly anymore. And they have to make me laugh.”
Photos courtesy of GLAMOUR