Demi Lovato’s Fascinating Life and Career
Demetria Devonne Lovato, known popularly as Demi Lovato, is an American pop star and actress, who shot to fame with Disney series, Barney & Friends. She was born on August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father, Patrick Martin Lovato, is a musician and engineer, and her mother, Dianna Lee Hart, is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Lovato has an older sister, Dallas, a younger maternal half- sister, Madison De La Garza, and an older paternal half-sister, Amber.
Lovato was a multitalented child from the beginning. She learned to play piano when she was seven years old, and guitar when she was ten. Meanwhile, she was also taking acting and dancing classes. She won numerous talent contests and performed in a number of famous venues. She got her first chance at acting in the Disney series, Barney & Friends, in 2008, in which she started out as a child actor. Soon, she landed a starring role in the Disney TV movie, Camp Rock (2008). She contributed three songs for the movie, together with the pop group, The Jonas Brothers. The movie was her first real chance to stardom and she became an overnight sensation. She starred in the Disney movie, Princess Protection Program, along with Selena Gomez. She even got her own show, Sonny with a Chance, which rose to become one of Disney’s most popular shows.
In 2008, she released her first album, Don't Forget, and The Jonas Brothers co-wrote many of the songs on the album. The album reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200. Her second album, Here We Go Again, released in 2009, went on to become No.1 on the US Billboard 200. For promotion of both the albums she toured with The Jonas Brothers. During one of those tours, she got into a fight with a dancer, which made headlines. In the middle of the tour, she also got herself into a rehab on being diagnosed with severe depression, anorexia, and self-harm through cutting.
Lovato was released from the rehab a few months later, but she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which she was suffering from when she was 11 years old. She decided to focus all her energy on releasing her third album, and quit Sonny with a Chance, after its second season. Soon, she released her third album, Unbroken, which addressed several issues that she had faced herself. Its lead single, Skyscraper, was an instant hit, earned a place in the top ten singles, and became her first platinum single in the US. Another single from the album, Give Your Heart a Break, earned a triple platinum. Her next album, Demi, was released two years later, and registered huge sales of 110,000 within the first week. The album’s lead single, Heart Attack, was the first to break the top 10 in the UK, and also appeared in the top ten (her second) on the Billboard Hot 100. She also appeared on The X Factor as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears. Later, she dallied with acting again and appeared as a series regular on the show, Glee. She will be releasing her fifth album, Confident, in October, 2015.
Lovato has a long list of accolades to her name. She has won an MTV Video Music Award, two ALMA Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, a Billboard touring award, and thirteen Teen Choice Awards, for which she has been nominated a whopping thirty four times.