Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato is a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and philanthropist. She is the younger sister of Dallas Lovato and half-sister of Madison De La Garza and Amber Lovato.
Raised in Dallas, Texas, United States, Demi started playing the piano in 1999 and started playing the guitar and attending dancing and acting classes in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, she played Angela in the PBS series “Barney and Friends,” which was her first television role.
In 2008, Demi had her first film role, which was Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock” and she released her debut studio album titled “Don’t Forget” under Hollywood Records. From 2009 to 2011, she played the title role in the Disney Channel series “Sonny with a Chance.”
On August 20, 2010, Demi bought a house in Los Angeles, California, USA for her family. On January 28, 2011, she completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls, an eating disorder treatment center in Lemont, Illinois, USA.
Before going into rehab, Demi was a bullying victim and had suffered from bipolar disorder, Anorexia nervosa and self-harm. In April 2011, she became a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine, in which she wrote about her struggles.
From 2012 to 2013, Demi served as a judge and mentor in the second and third seasons of “The X Factor.” From 2013 to 2014, she appeared in four episodes of “Glee” Season 5 playing Dani, a recurring character who befriended Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera).
As a musician, Demi considers Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson as her major influences. Here are 13 more facts about Demi:
- She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in 1992 to engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna Lee Smith De La Garza. In 1994, Patrick and Dianna divorced.
- Her mother is of English and Irish descent while her father is of Mexican descent. Through him, she is a descendant of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea and Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez.
- In May 2009, the American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders named her an honorary ambassador of education.
- As a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER, she appeared in an “America’s Next Top Model” episode in 2010 to speak out against bullying.
- On June 22, 2013, her father died of cancer. After his death, she created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in his honor.
- In 2015, she discovered CORE Hydration and became an initial investor of the brand. In the same year, she started appearing in advertisement photos and campaign videos as the first-ever brand ambassador for the make-up and beauty brand N.Y.C. New York Color.
- In 2016, she started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She earned her blue belt in the self-defense martial art and combat sport in August 2017 and her 2nd degree blue belt in March 2019 under her instructor Chris Light.
- On September 23, 2017, she was named a Global Citizen ambassador for championing the mental health of thousands of children displaced within Iraq and other communities.
- On September 29, 2017, she released her sixth studio album “Tell Me You Love Me” under Island Records, Hollywood Records and Safehouse Records. In support of the album, a documentary film titled “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” was released on YouTube on October 17, 2017. In the film, she revealed that she still struggled with alcoholism and a cocaine addiction after her treatment at Timberline Knolls.
- On June 21, 2018, she revealed she had relapsed after six years of sobriety through her song “Sober.” On July 24, 2018, she overdosed on oxycodone laced with fentanyl at her house in Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles and was revived with naloxone at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was released from the hospital on August 4, 2018 and took a private plane to an in-patient facility outside California, sources told TMZ.
- In October 2019, she was baptized in the Jordan River (Nahr Al Shariea) while attending a free trip to Israel provided by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and private donors.
- In 2020, she released a limited edition collection with Fabletics and pledged up to $125,000 to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic relief efforts. She has been releasing workout collections with the women’s athleisure brand since 2017.
- She is a supporter of LGBT rights and the Black Lives Matter movement.