Demetria Devonne Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children’s television series Barney & Friends. She rose to prominence starring as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Take a look below for 40 more fun and interesting facts about Demi Lovato.
1. Lovato was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna De La Garza and engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato.
2. She has an older sister named Dallas; a younger maternal half-sister, actress Madison De La Garza; and an older paternal half-sister named Amber, to whom she first spoke to when she was 20.
3. Lovato’s parents divorced in mid-1994, shortly after her second birthday.
4. Lovato’s father was of Mexican descent, with mostly Spanish and Native American ancestors, and came from a family that has been living in New Mexico for generations; he also had distant Portuguese and Jewish ancestry.
5. Her mother is of English and Irish ancestry.
6. Through her father, Lovato is a descendant of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea and Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico governor Francisco Xavier Chavez.
7. Through DNA testing Lovato discovered that she is also of 16 percent Scandinavian descent.
8. Lovato was raised in Dallas, Texas.
9. She began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten, when she also began dancing and acting classes.
10. In 2002, she began her career on the children’s television series Barney & Friends, portraying the role of Angela.
11. Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so harshly that she asked for homeschooling, and received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in May 2009, one year early.
12. In 2006, Lovato appeared on Prison Break, and on Just Jordan the following year.
13. From 2007 to 2008, Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series As the Bell Rings.
15. Lovato’s Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance, with her character Sonny Munroe, the newest cast member of the show-within-a-show So Random!, premiered on February 8.
16. Lovato’s second studio album, Here We Go Again, was released on July 21, 2009; she described its acoustic style as similar to that of John Mayer. The album received favorable reviews from critics who appreciated its enjoyable pop-rock elements, echoing reviews of Don’t Forget.
17. Lovato’s first number-one album, it debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 108,000 copies, and was later certified Gold.
18. The album’s lead single and title track, “Here We Go Again”, debuted at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100, and managed to peak at number 15, becoming Lovato’s highest peaking solo single at the time.
19. Lovato released her third studio album, Unbroken, on September 20, 2011. Begun in July 2010, the album experimented with R&B and featured less pop rock than her first two albums.
20. “Skyscraper”, the lead single from Unbroken, was released on July 12, and was noted for its messages of self-worth and confidence. It debuted at number ten in the US, selling 176,000 downloads during the first week of release, becoming Lovato’s highest first week sales at the time.
21. In May, Lovato became a judge and mentor for the second season of the U.S. version of The X Factor, with a reported salary of one million dollars.
22. Lovato’s fourth studio album, Demi, was released on May 10, 2013. The album features influences of synthpop and bubblegum pop and was met with generally positive reviews from music critics.
23. The lead single from Demi, “Heart Attack,” was released on February 25, and debuted at number 12 in the US, with first-week sales of 215,000 copies, the highest first week sales of Lovato’s discography. The song peaked at number 10 (Lovato’s third showing in the US top ten), and was also successful in the UK, Australia, and Europe.
24. The second single, “Made in the USA” peaked at number 80 in the US.
25. On her 18th birthday, Lovato bought a Mediterranean-style house in Los Angeles, California; however, she decided to live in a “sober house” in Los Angeles after leaving rehab in January 2011.
26. Lovato started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2016. She is currently ranked a blue belt in the martial art, which is derived from jujutsu.
27. Lovato had an on-off relationship with American singer Joe Jonas between 2008 and 2010, but they prioritized their friendship.
28. From 2010 to 2016, Lovato was in a relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama.
29. 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.
30. 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’.”
31. She has written multiple songs about him.
32. 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.
33. Lovato had suffered from depression, an eating disorder, self-harm, and being bullied before she went into rehab at the age of 18.
34. In April 2011, Lovato became a contributing editor for Seventeen Magazine, writing an article that described her struggles.
35. In her 2017 YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, Lovato revealed publicly that her treatment at Timberline Knolls was not entirely successful, stating that she still struggled with alcoholism and a cocaine addiction in the year following her stint in the treatment centre and further revealing that she was in fact under the influence of cocaine while being interviewed about her sobriety for Demi Lovato: Stay Strong.
36. On June 21, 2018, Lovato released “Sober” in which she revealed she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.
37. On December 23, 2011, Lovato posted a message on Twitter criticizing her former network for airing episodes of Shake It Up and So Random! in which characters joked about eating disorders. Disney Channel publicity officials quickly took action, apologizing to Lovato and removing the episodes from the network’s broadcast and video on demand sources after additional criticism (following Lovato’s post) on the network’s public-relations account.
38. Lovato identifies as a feminist.
39. Lovato spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia about raising awareness for mental health, and also performed at the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. in March 2018.
40. In June 2016, Lovato was among the artists that signed an open letter to stop gun violence, created by Billboard.