“They, like, lit up. It’s really great to be able to have those moments.”
The kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles got a nice surprise recently when pop superstars Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas showed up to give them a private show. After greeting several kids and taking lots of selfies, Lovato performed her song “Confident,” with Jonas on guitar. Jonas then launched into one of his songs, “Jealous,” which led to hand claps and a bit of dancing.
Lisa Cies, a Child Life Specialist from CHLA, said it was a fun change of pace for the kids: “When they’re in the hospital for so much, they think they’re left out from a lot of ‘normal’ things, whether it’s school, seeing their friends – but they got their own concert here today.”
Demi Lovato admitted over the weekend at Sunday’s E! People’s Choice Awards ceremony that the year has been a great big dumpster fire for her as well. While acting as host for the event of the evening, Lovato joked about being forced to take the strange and scary year in stride touching on everything from her Netflix binging choices and the end of her engagement with Max Ehrich.
While kicking off People’s Choice Awards, Lovato got real about her bizarre tunnel of quarantine love.
Just two months ago, Demi Lovato was an engaged woman. She and her former fiancé confirmed that they’d become engaged just two months after dating. Then, she announced that the pair had broken things off. Soon after, Ehrich revealed that he was having a difficult time with the engagement by addressing it various times on Instagram.
Demi, on the other hand, kept pretty mum about the break up for the most part. Recently she did drop a surprise song, which fans have speculated was about the end of their relationship, but for the most part, she’s been good about staying tight-lipped.
Still, it seems Demi can have a little bit of a laugh over the relationship.
At the start of her People’s Choice monologue, Lovato joked, “This year has been the longest three years of my life. Don’t get me wrong, it started out amazing. I performed at the Grammys, and sung ‘The National Anthem’ at the Super Bowl, but then COVID hit.”
Demi went onto share that she was quick to adapt to quarantine life. “I did what everyone else did,” she explained. “I went into lockdown mode and got engaged…tested the limits of Postmates Unlimited. I reached the end of Instagram four times. I binged seven seasons of Pretty Little Liars. Got unengaged, and then I went looking for aliens in the desert. So, basically the same as everyone else.”
While the singer never addressed what the rest of her year has in store but here’s hoping she’ll have more music for us soon!
Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.
In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.
Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.
In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video.
The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”
Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.
“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”