Demi Lovato Describes “Freeing” Experience Of Publicly Talking About Her Rape

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Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil is a four-part documentary series that delves deep into the life of singer Demi Lovato. Demi got very candid speaking about her rape when she was just 15 years old which left the world in shock. After revealing this publicly for the first time, Demi referred to opening up about it as “freeing.”

Demi Lovato Reflects On Coming Forward About Rape Experience

“When I was a teenager…I lost my virginity in a rape,” Demi reveals in Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil. “I called that person back a month later and tried to make it right by being in control and all it did was make me feel worse.”

“My #MeToo story is me telling somebody that someone did this to me, and they never got in trouble for it. They never got taken out of the movie they were in. There’s the tea” she adds.

In an interview with People Magazine, Demi reflects on how she has been feeling about sharing her rape with the world. “Sometimes people hear my music from when I was a teenager and they’re like, ‘Oh, you were so angry.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, and now you guys get to see why I was so angry,'” she said.

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In the documentary, Demi also speaks candidly about being sexually assaulted by her drug dealer on the night of her 2018 drug overdose. “Having put that out in front of the camera and knowing that people have seen that, it’s freeing. It’s empowering. It’s liberating,” she sais. “And it really lets that anger that was inside of me dissolve. I had let go of a lot of the anger beforehand, but this was kind of just the final send-off, like, okay, I can really heal from this now.”

Demi Is About To Release A New Album After The Documentary

“Now that I’ve talked about it and now that I know that other people could hear my story, I just hope that it helps people,” she said in the interview. “Sexual abuse is something that people feel is taboo to talk about and to come forward about, but I want to show people that you can, and it’s okay.”

The former ‘X Factor’ judge is releasing her first album since 2017 called Dancing With the Devil…The Art of Starting Over. The album will be out on April 2. “Even though [the album] is not technically a soundtrack to the documentary, it kind of is,” she said in an interview with Paper Magazine. “If you were to follow the track listing in order, it really goes to the way my life has played out over the last year.”

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Demi’s album will feature collaborations with Ariana Grande, Noah Cyrus and Saweetie. The album will also channel the feelings she was going through during some of the most difficult times in her life and how she has overcome them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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