Demi Lovato’s new documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, premiered on YouTube on Tuesday and the 25-year-old singer didn’t hold back. Lovato opened up about her past experiences with drug addiction, an eating disorder, her sexuality, and the 2010 incident that led to Demi checking into rehab for the first time.
The documentary also included interviews with Nick and Joe Jonas, who were touring with Demi for Camp Rock 2, when she punched a backup dancer in the face and gave her a black eye. Lovato also revealed that it was her relationship with the Jonas Brothers that helped her through her addiction.
“I just came to a breaking point; the next 12 months were extremely difficult,” she said, about seeking treatment at 18, and admitted that she had been abusing substances daily.
“It was actually the Jonas Brothers waving the flag, and saw Demi veering in a different direction,” said John Taylor, Demi’s manager, about her drug use.
Nick Jonas co-starred with Demi in the Camp Rock franchise between 2008 and 2010 and the two had grown up together on Disney Channel since their early teens. Although the pair have remained close and have never been romantically involved (despite Demi admitting to writing two love songs about Nick,) the youngest Jonas brother revealed that it was Demi’s relationship with Joe that became a point of tension between them while on tour.
“While we were on tour Demi and Joe’s relationship had become really complicated so I was playing the bridge,” Nick said, about Demi’s relationship with Joe. Demi admitted that she “friggin’ fell in love with [Joe], in real life,” although the two had broken up after a month or two of dating.
“It became really good you know between she and I for a while and growing closer than we’ve ever been,” Nick said, about his experiences on tour with Demi, before the punching incident. “I remember thinking in my head I felt a bit of pride about it, like selfishly maybe I was helping her back to being the Demi we know and love. She’s not going to do anything crazy, she’ll be fine and then this episode happened.”
Demi is five and a half years into sobriety and single after ending her six-year relationship with Wilmer Valderrama last year. Demi also opened up about her sexuality and that she is on the dating app Raya, which limits its user-base to famous people and celebrities. “I am on a dating app with both men and girls,” she said. “I am open to human connection so whether that’s through a male or female, it doesn’t matter to me.… I do like athletes, there is something sexy about someone putting in all of their physical strength into their passion.“
The singer also admitted she gets nervous about first dates and playing mind games over text. “There’s a certain stigma around women having casual sex and for me, I feel it’s my body, it’s my choice. It’s exciting. It’s a connection with somebody and it’s fun,” she said. “When I’m comfortable in my own skin, I feel confident and when I feel confident, I feel sexy and when I feel sexy, watch out.”
By Summer Lin