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Demi Lovato Biography

Demi Lovato is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the lead in Disney Channel’s television film “Camp Rock” and television series “Sonny with a Chance”. After a successful career as a Disney teen idol, she became an accomplished solo artist.

Early Life

Demetria Devonne Lovato was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the youngest of two, to parents Patrick Martin Lovato and Dianna De La Garza. Apart from her older sister, she also has a younger maternal half-sister and an older paternal half-sister. Demi’s parents divorced when she was only two, as a result, she and her father had and abusive and strained relationship. She was raised in Dallas, Texas. As a child, she was bullied so badly that she asked for homeschooling, and she received her high-school diploma through homeschooling. The damage done will follow Demi, later on, causing her to battle with depression. Her first acting part came in 2002 when she featured on children’s television series “Barney & Friends” as Angela. She took guitar, piano, dancing and acting classes from a tender age. Demi appeared also on “Prison Break” and on “Just Jordan”.

Disney Star

In 2008, after a successful audition, Demi Lovato earned the lead part in Disney channel’s television series “Camp Rock”, starring alongside Jonas Brothers. The film proved to be a hit and launched Demi’s career, achieving herself “the teen idol status” in the process. She also featured in a sequel, “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and recorded soundtracks albums for both of the movies. Later on, she began filming her second Disney Channel Original Movie, “Princess Protection Program”. Where she co-starred with her then-good friend Selena Gomez. Demi was also the star of her own Disney Channel television show called “Sonny with a Chance” (2009-2011) one of the channel’s most popular programs.

Musical Career

Her debut album “Don’t Forget” was released in 2008, co-wrote with Jonas Brothers. It peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 but didn’t do that well in sales. Due to her success with Disney, she managed to gather a big fan base that followed her through her transition from a Disney child star to an adult artist. She went on and released through her career four more albums: “Here We Go Again” (2009), “Unbroken” (2011), “Demi” (2013) and “Confident” (2015). The albums did very well in the charts reaching the top 10 positions in the Billboard 200, but they did not spawn too many memorable singles. Singles featured on the albums included “Here We Go Again” (2009), “Skyscraper” (2011) “Give Your Heart a Break” (2012), “Heart Attack” (2013), “Cool for the Summer” (2015).

Struggles and Beliefs

From 2010 until 2016, Demi Lovato dated actor Wilmer Valderrama. She battled with depression, bulimia, self-harm and substance abuse, joining a rehabilitation facility after an altercation with a backup dancer. Her support for the LGBTQ gained her the appreciation of the community. She is a practicing Christian.

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