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Demi Lovato says breakup with Max Ehrich taught her that it's okay to love herself

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Demi Lovato says 2020 has been an emotionally and mentally transformative year for her.

In a Thursday appearance on Today, the “Still Have Me” singer opened up about how much her life has changed since her whirlwind romance, engagement and subsequent breakup with actor Max Ehrich

The 28-year-old started by calling 2020 “such a roller coaster” before delving into the big plans she had in store for her career that were dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The beginning of the year started out, I was on this trajectory to have a pretty eventful career and I was planning my comeback, releasing an album,” Lovato relayed. “And, honestly, what I can say is ‘Thank God’ that I didn’t release the album when I wanted to because I so had much to experience.”

Since breaking off her engagement to Ehrich, the Grammy nominated singer has learned a lot about herself.

“I think the most important thing I learned is how much I am okay with myself and loving myself,” said Lovato. “It wasn’t until this year that I really started exploring the things that bring joy to my life in little ways.”

Something that brings her joy is recording music, which she says helped her heal from the heartbreak.

“When I write my songs, when I go to the studio and record them, it’s a very cathartic and therapeutic experience for me,” the Disney Channel alum explained. “Anytime I go thorough something, especially when I don’t say things publicly or comment on certain situations, I just let my music comment on it.”

Lovato’s next big adventure is hosting the E!’s People’s Choice Awards this Sunday, which she calls a “pinch me” moment because “I am so glad that I will be on a stage at all this year.”

By Megan Stone
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