This article contains mentions of drug problems and self-harm.
Between feuding with fro-yo shops and uttering alien insults, Demi Lovato’s immense talent and inspirational story tends to be overshadowed. However, their latest album Holy Fvck returns to their pop-rock roots and proves they should have been making this kind of music forever. While “Skin of My Teeth” and “29” are far more explicit than early works like “Get Back” and “Here We Go Again,” they manage to recapture the sound Lovato had long abandoned from a more mature perspective.
While Lovato, who uses she/them pronouns, has previously released songs about her personal struggles like “Sober,” “Anyone,” and “Skyscraper,” this time, something just feels different. Of “Skin of My Teeth,” Lovato told Billboard, “I’m so used to being open with my fans and being vulnerable with my music… So it was just owning my narrative — owning the fact that this was my story.” is , and I will tell, and I don’t need anyone to tell. And with that, I think it’s an anthem for people struggling with addiction.
Lovato has shared the good, bad, and ugly of her story for over a decade, but there are a few moments along the way that she regrets. Going forward there is one important thing they will do differently.
Demi Lovato regrets making her documentaries
When it comes to the singer and actor’s troubled past, there’s one big thing Demi Lovato wishes they could take back. Over the past decade, they’ve released three separate documentaries about their struggles with self-harm, body image, mental illness and substance abuse issues, though they hadn’t made it to the other side yet. In fact, in their 2017 documentary, Simply Complicated, they admitted to using cocaine while filming their 2012 documentary, Stay Strong, although they claimed to have been sober at the time.
In a recent interview with Alternative Press, Lovato promised to get done with documentaries. Not only did they become obsolete fairly quickly due to their ongoing struggles, but they didn’t always tell the whole truth. The 29 singer finally admitted, “I wish I’d waited to find out more because now it’s cemented. Sobriety is what works for me and nothing else.”
Today, Lovato claims to be completely sober and not “California sober” as they previously announced — meaning they consumed alcohol and marijuana in moderation. Lovato went to a treatment center in Utah in late 2021, and while they will continue to be transparent about their journey, that openness likely won’t come in the form of a documentary. That December, Lovato said on her Instagram story (per Page Six), “Being sober is the only way.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).