Demi Lovato, Demetria Devonne Lovato, born August 20, 1992, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010). The former film's soundtrack included Lovato's debut single, “This Is Me”, which peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100.
After founding Safehouse Records in 2015, she released her fifth studio album, Confident, later that year. The album was distinguished for its mature themes. Its lead single, “Cool for the Summer”, peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. She followed this with the soul-influenced album Tell Me You Love Me (2017), which peaked at number three in the US, while its lead single “Sorry Not Sorry” became her highest charting single in the country, reaching number six.
Outside of music, Lovato's television credits include starring as the titular character on Sonny with a Chance, and she featured as a judge and mentor on the U.S. version of The X Factor. Lovato also appeared as a recurring character on Glee. She has been subject of significant media attention due to her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, an eating disorder, and self-harming, in response to which she published the book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year in 2013. In 2017, her life and career were chronicled in the documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.
Lovato is a pop, pop rock, and R&B artist. She has won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards, five People's Choice Awards, an ALMA Award, and a Latin American Music Award. Lovato was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental health challenges at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day event, and became the public face for the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign. She has also been honored with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her services to LGBT activism.
Lovato was romantically linked to Camp Rock co-star Joe Jonas during her time as a Disney Channel star, but revealed years later that they only dated for “a month or two” in 2010. From 2010 to 2016, Lovato was in a relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama. In the summer of 2016, Lovato began dating UFC mixed martial artist Luke Rockhold. They split in January 2017. She then dated another MMA fighter, Guilherme Vasconcelos, until May 2017.
Lovato had no interest in forging a relationship with her late father, Patrick, after his divorce from her mother. She has been vocal about her abusive and strained relationship with her father and once stated, “He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he said, ‘I'm so glad that he's taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do'.” She has written multiple songs about him. Patrick died of cancer on June 22, 2013, at age 53. After his death, Lovato said that he had been mentally ill, and in his honor she created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program.
Lovato had suffered from depression, an eating disorder, self-harm, and being bullied before she went into rehab at the age of 18.
On November 1, 2010, Lovato withdrew from the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour, entering a treatment facility for “physical and emotional issues”.
It was reported that she decided to enter treatment after punching female dancer Alex Welch; her management and family convinced her she needed help.