Demi Lovato has been on my mind nonstop this week. She's a warrior, I just know she's going to pull through this rough patch and come back even stronger. ❤️
One thing I've always admired about her is how open and honest she's been about her past demons - addition, eating disorders and mental health struggles. She's just always let us into her personal world through her words and through her songs. Which ultimately led her to be a huge inspiration for many.
Here are five songs that truly capture her struggles through some super powerful lyrics...
1. "Skyscraper" - “You can take everything I have / You can break everything I am / Like I’m made of glass / Like I’m made of paper,” she sings. “Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper.”
Recorded before she got treatment for the second time in 2011. She actually recorded two versions - one before and after rehab. She ultimately decided to release pre-rehab because it felt more symbolic.
2. "Warrior" - “Now I’m a warrior, now I’ve got thicker skin / I’m a warrior, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been / And my armor is made of steel, you can’t get in / I’m a warrior, and you can never hurt me again.”
The 2013 song talks about wanting to move on from her troubled past, along with the people in it.
3. "Old Ways" - “But if somebody tells me I’ll go back to my old ways / I’m gonna say, ‘No way,’” she sings. “I’m out of the doorway / I’m hearin’ them all say I’ll go back to my old ways / Not goin’ back to my old ways.”
Off her 2015 album Confident, this one references her trip to rehab five years prior.
4. "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore" - “I see the future without you / The hell was I doing in the past? / Now that I’ve learned all about you / A love just like ours wouldn’t last / I won’t fall for your games / So don’t hate me when I say / That you don’t do it for me anymore.”
This balled from 2017 was received as a breakup song, but Demi later revealed it has a double meaning.
5. "Sober" - “Mama, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore / And Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor,” she sings. “To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down this road before / I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.” At the end of the track, she intones, “I’m sorry that I’m here again, I promise I’ll get help / It wasn’t my intention, I’m sorry to myself.”
Her most recent release following the celebration of her six years of sobriety she hit in March. The track honestly revealed she relapsed.
If you or someone you know is struggling please ask for help: 🙏🏼Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).