Demi Lovato is sad about the toll that COVID-19 has taken on the entire world, and salutes front line workers for their sacrifices. But she also admits that, for someone who’s been through her particular struggles, being in quarantine has actually been “really good” for her.
Speaking to Bustle, Demi explains, “It’s very common for people to only really work on themselves when crisis happens or when they notice that they’re slipping into old patterns or behaviors. So to be able to walk into this experience without a personal crisis and just be like, I can do the work on myself now because I have the time….It was a beautiful thing.”
As Bustle notes, Demi’s been forced to stop working before but it was always because of her own actions, which landed her in rehab or the hospital. Not this time.
“I think the universe — God — shifted that to happen in my life,” Demi reveals, adding, “I was given this opportunity. And I was like, I’m going to adapt. I’m going to shift to this. I’m going to learn from it.”
One of the things she’s learned? It’s O.K. to cry.
“Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head…that I’m only going to cry if people pay me to,” she explains. Now, after extensive therapy, she says, “I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened.”
Demi’s also figured out what she wants out of life.
“I want a career that has nothing to do with my body,” she says. “I want it to be about my music and my lyrics and my message. And I want a long-lasting career that I don’t have to change myself for.”
By Andrea Dresdale
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