It's hard to believe how long Demi Lovato has been in the industry. She's still in her mid-20s, but she's been in the spotlight for well over a decade, as she got started when she was just a tween. She's definitely transformed over the years, going from a Disney Channel star to an adult artist with goals and a sound all her own, and she's also definitely faced a lot of challenges along the way.
Fame is tough for everyone, but Demi has battled with a lot of personal demons that she's been working on conquering over the years. Her fans have stood by her side the whole way, and she's managed to build a strong support system over the years that can hopefully steer her back on the right path if she ever starts to stray from it.
Lovato has been in the spotlight even more than usual lately, but she's shown her strength time and time again, so we know she'll be able to get back to a healthy place. It's definitely not easy, but we know she's committed to her health and living her best life.
Here are 21 things you may not have known about the talented pop star, Demi Lovato.
21 Her First Time Singing In Public Was At Her Kindergarten Talent Show
It can be fun to envision when the first time your favorite pop stars belted out a tune in public was — and in Demi Lovato's case, it was actually at a kindergarten talent show. A young Demi worked up the courage to take the stage, and she didn't exactly choose an easy song.
She decided to show off her crazy talent by performing Celine Dion's iconic song, "My Heart Will Go On."
We have a feeling everyone watching in the audience must have had goosebumps, and a sense that they were witnessing something really special. I mean, even as a child, she probably had an incredible voice.
20 She Celebrated Her 21st Birthday In Africa
By the time she reached 21, Demi Lovato had gone through more than most people go through by their 50th birthday! From catapulting to superstardom over the years to battling her personal demons, she's dealt with a lot. And, since she was sober and distancing herself from partying, she wasn't exactly going to hit the club for her 21st birthday as many people do. Instead, she decided to pack her bags and take a wild vacation all the way to Africa. We love that she found a healthy alternative that allowed her to mark the milestone in her life without jeopardizing her journey.
19 Her Favorite Place In The World Is Kenya
It seems like that trip to Africa she took for her 21st birthday wasn't just a one-off — she confessed to Us Magazine that Kenya is actually her favorite place in the world.
So, it would seem that she has a few vacations penciled in over the next few years to come
— after all, when you're a huge superstar dealing with all the stresses of fame, you need some vacation time to unwind every now and then. We're not sure if it's the animals or the scenery or the culture that she loves — or all of the above — but it sounds like she's going to become a frequent visitor.
18 She Was A Huge Kelly Clarkson Fan When She Was Younger
Even though they're stars themselves, most celebrities are also fans of other celebrities, and that includes Demi Lovato. While she has an incredible voice and tons of fans, she's also a bit of a fangirl herself when it comes to Kelly Clarkson. Apparently, her AOL screen name back in the day (what a throwback!) was something like 'LittleKelly' because she wanted to pay tribute to her favorite pop star at the time. She's gotten the chance to run into her at countless events over the past few years now that she's in the industry — we wonder if younger Demi ever envisioned that would happen!
17 Her Movie Snack Of Choice Is Sour Patch Kids
Celebrities love to indulge in some treats when they take in a movie, just like the rest of us — and in Demi Lovato's case, she's passing up the popcorn and sweet treats. Instead, she's going for the tart candy classic, Sour Patch Kids. She confessed to Us Magazine that
"I hate going to the movies without Sour Patch Kids on hand."
We wonder if she has a secret stash of Sour Patch Kids in her kitchen, just in case she decides to have an impromptu movie night at home, or whether they're just a treat for actually going out to the movies. Either way, we're on board — who doesn't love the tart treats?
16 Her Mom Was A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
Demi has had to learn her fair share of choreography over the years, both for roles on Disney hits like Camp Rock and for stage performances once she became a legit pop star. It probably wasn't easy, but she did have the chance to get some insight from someone who had done it before — her mom! Apparently, Demi's mom, Dianna De La Garza, was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader during the '82 to '83 season, and actually was a country music recording artist for a while. Obviously she didn't become as well-known as her daughter, but still — it seems that talent runs in the family!
15 She Celebrated Her Sweet 16 At Applebee's
What do you do when you're a teenage superstar and it comes time to celebrate your 16th birthday? Do you throw a huge party and invite all your famous friends? Do you sneak off to some exotic location and lay on the beach for a week? Well, in Demi Lovato's case, her 16th birthday plans were a little more ordinary — she celebrated at Applebee's!
We love that, even though she was experiencing a lot of success by her 16th birthday, she was still down to earth enough to just have a normal birthday experience.
It just proves how humble she's remained.
14 Her Favourite Tattoo Is The Lion On Her Hand
Demi Lovato absolutely loves to experiment with her look, whether that involves playing around with makeup, trying new hairstyles (and colors), or even getting tattoos. And when it comes to the tattoos she's gotten over the years, she has one particular favorite — the lion on her hand. It's an absolutely gorgeous tattoo and has a few meanings. According to Steal Her Style, the tattoo is a symbol for her astrological sign (she's a Leo!), a visual reminder of strength, and even a nod of the hat to her song, "Lionheart." Looking at it every day reminds her to stay strong, so it's a great thing to have in a spot you see every day.
13 She Loves Relaxing With Crime Shows
If you've ever wondered what Demi Lovato does when she's finished with her performances and filming and press tours, and just wants to relax, we've got your answer — watching crime shows!
Apparently, Lovato loves nothing more than to curl up on the couch and put on some shows where she can get a bit of a thrill through watching crimes get solved.
I mean, it's no coincidence that crime shows have remained so popular over the years — people love the thrill of vicariously solving crimes through whichever detective cracks the case in every episode. Plus, Demi probably has the opportunity to potentially guest star in some of the shows, which is cool.
12 Her Favorite Mantra Is "You Are Beautifully Made"
Everyone who knows anything about Demi Lovato knows that she's all about body positivity and loving yourself for who you are. It's been a battle to get to that perspective, as she suffered from a lot of body image and self-esteem issues over the years, but now she's a huge supporter of being kind to yourself, no matter what. So, it's not all that surprising that one of her favorite motivational mantras is the phrase "you are beautifully made." We love her stance on self-acceptance and the fact that she fearlessly promotes it as much as she can. It's definitely a message the world needs to hear a little more often.
11 She Was Mini Miss Texas In 2000-2001
Beauty pageants are a big deal in Texas, and it seems that the Texas-raised pop star was a part of that scene — for a little while, at least. Back in 2000, she was crowned Mini Miss Texas, a title that she held for a year.
She was definitely cute as a button in her younger years, so we see why the judging panel would decide to give her the title.
Plus, if there was a talent component of the pageant and she sang, goodness knows no one would be able to compete with that incredible voice. I mean, it's practically unfair to the other contestants to let her show it off!
10 She Was Teased As A Child
Given that she was starting to become famous and snag roles on Disney Channel shows, you might assume that Demi Lovato was one of the most popular people in her school growing up. After all, who doesn't want to be friends with a budding celebrity? Well, it turns out, the people at Demi's school back in the day. Lovato was apparently teased and had such a bad experience that she ended up asking her mom to let her be homeschooled, just so she could avoid all that negativity. Eventually, she would have had to make the decision in order to fit schooling with her busy shooting schedule, but still — that's never a fun experience.
9 She Got Her Start In The Industry On 'Barney & Friends'
Demi Lovato didn't meet Selena Gomez when the two of them were Disney stars, or even when the two of them were rising pop stars trying to make a music career happen. She met her all the way back when they were just kids and both managed to get roles on Barney & Friends.
That's right — before she was tearing up the stage with her huge hits and touring the world, Demi was a kid starring alongside the purple dinosaur.
She was on the show for two seasons before moving on to other opportunities (and because the producers thought she was getting a bit too old to be in Barney's crew).
8 She And Friend Selena Gomez Used To Have A YouTube Show
It seems like every celebrity out there is starting up their own YouTube channels lately to try to reach a new audience, but Lovato was ahead of the trend. She and her BFF at the time, Selena Gomez, had a show on YouTube when they were younger called The Demi and Selena Show. They since went on to have busy careers and didn't have a lot of time for extra side projects like that, but who knows — maybe one of these days they'll resurrect the old classic and have a revamped version available for all their fans to check out. We'd love to see them making videos together again.
7 Leonardo DiCaprio Was Her First Celebrity Crush
Titanic came out when Demi was still young, and like countless others girls growing up at the time, she developed a crush on the artistic passenger played by Leonardo DiCaprio. She's probably brushed shoulders with him at countless industry events at this point, but we have to wonder if she still has a soft spot in her heart for the actor that played Jack Dawson.
Or, maybe that was just a childhood crush and she's totally gotten over it.
Still, it must be so strange to be in an industry where you're actually at events alongside people you used to admire when you were young.
6 Her Dream Superpower Would Be Teleportation
If you could have any superpower in the world, what power would you want? When Demi Lovato was asked that question, she knew her answer immediately — teleportation. She'd love the ability to travel from place to place without having to go through the stress of actually being on the road. Now that she's a huge star, she has access to things like private jets, but still — that's still a whole lot of hours stuck on a plane, or a tour bus, or however she's going from point A to point B. We have to admit, teleportation would be a pretty cool superpower to have.
5 She Has Extreme Allergies To Cats
It would be hard to take care of a cat when you're always traveling and out on the road, but in Demi Lovato's case, that's not an issue — she would never get a feline friend in her life because she has major allergies.
As in, if a cat is within a few feet of her, she'll almost immediately have an allergy attack.
Crazy! We hope strays never wander into her backyard because it would certainly be tough to shoo them off without getting so close her allergies were triggered. Interestingly enough, her allergies only extend to certain dogs.
4 She Believes Love Is Love And Is Interested In Both Genders
Demi Lovato has had a few relationships over the years, and while her more serious relationships so far have been with men, that's not a guarantee for her future love life. As she said in her revealing documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, "I'm on a dating app with both guys and girls. I am open to human connection, so whether that's through a male or female, it doesn't matter to me." Hopefully, she manages to find her perfect match someday — she seems like such a warm, open-hearted soul who would have so much love and positivity to bring to a relationship.
3 She Doesn't Love Hanging Out With Celebrities
Demi Lovato may constantly be around celebrities at red carpet events and other industry events, but on her downtime, she'd much rather hang out with normal people. As she said in an interview with Complex,
"I don't really hang out with celebrities. I have my core group, and they're the type of people that will be there for me in the middle of the night."
That's a great attitude to have. So many celebrities get caught up in the process of trying to stay on top, and we love that she'd rather just hang out with her friends than try to cultivate star-powered fake relationships.
2 She Praises The Kardashians For Bringing Curves Back
Some give the credit to Jennifer Lopez, some give the credit to Beyonce, but Demi actually credits the Kardashians for helping to bring curves back into the spotlight. As Demi said to Complex, "when they [the Kardashians] came into the spotlight, they kind of revolutionized what beauty was when it came to body shapes." We'd have to agree — while Kendall and Kourtney may be a bit more petite, the rest of the Kardashian family are definitely curvy, and they know how to rock those curves. It's always good to have different body types represented and praised — after all, everyone and everybody is different!
1 She Was A Bridesmaid At Iggy Azalea's Wedding
To be honest, we didn't even know that Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea were friends, let alone such close friends that Iggy asked Demi to be one of her bridesmaids, but they are! Considering that they're both young stars in the music scene, they probably have a whole lot in common, after all. And, Demi sang her friend's praises to Complex, saying that
"she's so awesome. She's very, very, very real. What you see is what you get. I think sometimes that pushes people away, but that's what I admire about her."
We totally agree! It's always best to be authentic.
References: fame10.com, usmagazine.com, buzzfeed.com, factinate.com, complex.com