From their Disney days to their vulnerable music inspired by their struggles, Demi Lovato has had quite the evolution during their years in the spotlight. They have been very candid about their past while emulating how to overcome and persevere amid adversity.
Lovato became a household name after they starred in the Camp Rock films on Disney Channel with the Jonas Brothers. They even landed their own show — Sonny With a Chance — but they checked into rehab in 2010 for substance abuse issues.
The New Mexico native slayed the music industry upon their return, releasing hit after hit with “Skyscraper,” “Confident,” “Give Your Heart a Break,” “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Cool for the Summer.”
After celebrating six years of sobriety in 2018, Lovato admitted months later in their song “Sober” that they relapsed. In July 2018, they were hospitalized after a near-fatal drug overdose. They came back stronger again after completing treatment at a rehabilitation facility.
In January 2020, the singer hinted at shifting their focus. “When I think about what makes me happy today, I think about my family. I think about my friends. I think about my team. I think about people … connections, soul connections. Meaningful relationships,” they said in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “And I don’t know what that looks like. I don’t even know if I see it with a man or a woman, but like I just know that at some point I would love to do that this decade. And if it doesn’t happen this decade, maybe the next, I don’t know. We’ll see. But I would love to start doing more things that make me happy and worry less about success.”
“I never thought this feeling was possible,” they wrote. “And it’s not just because I fell in love (although that didn’t hurt), but because over the past 2 years, I’ve done more work on myself than I have in my entire life. Things that used to keep me down for weeks or even months, pass like tropical storms because my relationship with God has provided me infinite security. Long before I had an engagement ring on my ring finger, I had the word ‘me’ to remind myself that no matter what, I vow to love myself. You can’t fully love another without loving yourself first. Thank you God for this peace and understanding but most of all giving me the strength to fight through my darkest times.”
However, Lovato and Ehrich split in September 2020.
The Will & Grace alum took a big step in May 2021, coming out as non-binary. “I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering,” they explained in an Instagram video at the time.
Scroll down to revisit Lovato’s transformation through the years.