On October 17, singer/songwriter Demi Lovato premiered her YouTube original documentary “Simply Complicated,” which revealed her battles with addiction, recovery and relapsing into bulimia.
In just over one day, the one hour and 18-minute film has jumped to the 21st spot on YouTube’s trending videos list and at press time, boasts almost 2.2 million views.
We’ve never seen this level of candour from the 25-year-old artist and it seems like she is not hold anything back on any topic she’s questioned about in the documentary.
Here are the 12 most candid quotes from “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.”
1. Being honest about her addiction to cocaine:
Less than one minute into the film, Lovato reveals, “The last time I did an interview this long I was on cocaine. It was called staying strong.”
2. The lessons Demi Lovato has learned in the last 10-years:
In the film’s opening voiceover, Lovato gives us an overview of her life and details how she views everything that she’s been through in the last 10-years, saying, “I am Demi Lovato. I’m 25. The last decade has taught me a lifetime’s of lessons. I’ve learned that secrets make you sick. I’m learning how to be a voice and not a victim.”
She continues, “I’ve learned that sex is natural. I’ve learned that love is necessary, heartbreak is unavoidable and loneliness is brutal. I’ve learned that the key to being happy is to tell your truth and be okay without all of the answers. This is my story. This is simply complicated.”
3. Why Demi Lovato punched her back up dancer Alex Welch (also known as “Shorty”) in 2010:
Alex “Shorty” Welch detailed the altercation to People Magazine in 2010, saying, “We were on the plane with the Jonases having this awesome time and I didn’t get a call or text from Demi or a ‘hey, you got a problem with me,’ nothing.” She continued, “And she walks up and punches me and literally walked away and got in her seat.” (See photos of the damage to Welch’s face here.)
Now, Lovato is telling her side of the story and filling the gaps about why the punch happened: “I was in Colombia, I was on the ‘Camp Rock 2’ tour and I invited a bunch of people to dinner,” she began. “My band and my background dancers [were there.] I paid for all the alcohol. Somebody ended up getting weed. I was on Adderall and we had trashed the hotel. The hotel was threatening us. They went to some of the dancers and asked what had happened and I think they told on me for using Adderall.”
She continued, “Somebody told Kevin Jonas Sr. and Phil [McIntyre] (Lovato’s manager) and my dad. I was very upset. I couldn’t believe what had happened. Now it was out that I was on Adderall.”
“The next day, I was in a lot of trouble. I remember going to Kevin Sr. and saying. ‘Listen, I want to thank whoever told on me because I know they were just worried about me and, you know, I just really want to know who told you.’ And I manipulated him into telling me who it was and he said it was Shorty.”
The singer described her relationship with her back up dancer, saying, “Shorty and I had been closed through ‘Camp Rock’ and ‘Camp Rock 2.’ So, when he said Shorty, I remember thinking, ‘I’m about to beat this bitch up…'”
“She had already boarded the plane I just went up to her and it was like a blur. Everyone was freaking out I just remember going and sitting down texting my mom ‘I’m sorry’ and I slept the whole day. I just came to a breaking point.”
4. Where she is right now in her life:
“I’m on a journey to discover what it’s like to be free of all demons.”
5. How Demi Lovato views dating:
“My theory is: you can’t win if you don’t play the game.”
6. Advice from Demi Lovato’s stylist, Avo Yermagyan, about what to wear on a date when you want to “close the deal:”
Yermagyan: “This is a close the deal dress. Do you want to close the deal?”
Lovato: “Hell yeah, I want to close the deal!”
Yermagyan: “Okay, because you’re in escrow right now.”
Yermagyan later added about the final outfit choice, “Let the nipple show. It’s like the female bulge. It lets the guy know who’s boss.”
7. How Demi Lovato feels about her body today:
“When I feel comfortable in my own skin, I feel confident. And, when I feel confident, I feel sexy. And when I feel sexy, watch out!”
8. What Demi Lovato’s dating turn offs are:
“I don’t like douche bags and I’ve dated some in this single era. I don’t like guys that play games. Life is too short to play games. I’m a confrontational person so if something’s up, I want to figure out what’s going on.”
9. How Demi Lovato saved the day after the sound went out at Emo Nite in Los Angeles by singing Paramore’s “Misery Business” live:
“[The music] stopped … it was my fault,” Lovato revealed. She explained that she was trying to use the sound mixer and bring the volume down so that the crowd could sing along with the tune. However, when she tried to bring the volume back up, the track had stopped.
10. How Demi Lovato responds to social media trolls:
“Someone commented at me calling me a ‘coke head,'” she said. “I [replied,] ‘I prefer the term, ‘Former crack-whore.'”
11. How Demi Lovato describes Nick Jonas’ manhood:
“I know that you all love Nick Jonas,” she said. “But I have a bigger dick than he does.”
12. Demi Lovato’s motives behind her music:
“I know what music can get you through” she explained. “I know what music can do emotionally for somebody because I have experienced it myself and I want to create that for other people. There’s nothing more beautiful than being able to connect with other people through music, in my eyes.”
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