Demi Lovato Poses Topless for ‘Complex’ Magazine: 11 Things From Her Cover Story
The singer, who once denounced pop stars who use sex to sell albums, poses topless on the cover of the publication’s October/November 2015 issue.
In the accompanying article, Lovato gets candid about her life. From her relationship with Wilmer Valderrama to whether or not she’s hooked up with Orange Is the New Black actress Ruby Rose, this summer’s most thirsty celebrity touches on just about everything going in her life.
Here’s what we learned from her revealing cover story.
1. She doesn’t have a lot of famous friends.
“I don’t really hang out with celebrities. I guess I do sometimes. I like Hailee Steinfeld. And Nick [Jonas]. But I don’t count Nick and Joe [Jonas] as celebrities. I’ve grown up with them. I’m not the type of person that’s on Instagram posting pictures of me and tons of my best friends. I have my core group, and they’re the type of people that will be there for me in the middle of the night. They’re the type of people that are like, ‘You’re being a bitch right now. Don’t talk to me that way,’ and I’m like, ‘Whoa. Sorry. I didn’t realize it.’ I don’t have anybody around me who kisses my ass.”
2. Despite recently sharing a selfie together, Lovato doesn’t talk to Selena Gomez often.
“Nope,” she tells the interviewer when asked if they’re still in contact. “Not really. Not anymore.”
3. She doesn’t hate Justin Bieber (but her falling out with Gomez may or may not have been due to her relationship with him).
“He’s actually a nice guy. I don’t really know him that well, but he seems to have grown up. He looks like he’s maturing. But, you know, when you’re young and you get older, you change and people change. You have things in common, and then all of a sudden, you don’t. It’s just a part of life.”
4. Here’s how she actually met Iggy Azalea.
“We met at Jennifer Lopez’s Halloween party. I was dressed as Lucille Ball and Wilmer was Desi Arnaz. I’m kind of a little socially awkward when it comes to parties and going out because I feel like, unless you’re going to get fucked up, everybody’s awkward. Since I don’t do that anymore, and Iggy wasn’t drinking—she doesn’t do anything—I was kind of like, ‘Hey. I’m a big fan. I love your music.’ We start talking, and it turns out that we’re neighbors and we didn’t even know.”
5. She thinks Iggy Azalea is a good person.
“She’s so awesome. She’s very, very, very real. What you see is what you get. I think sometimes that pushes people away, but that’s what I admire about her. She’s the furthest thing from fake,” she says. “Iggy has really gone through shit and she’s come out super strong and didn’t let that take her down a devastating path. There’s respect there.”
6. Here’s what she thinks of boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.
“We have been together for almost five years now, off and on. The only times that we were off was when I was not in a healthy state of mind, or he was like: ‘I can’t be with you until you get sober. I can’t enable what you’re doing right now.’ Or with food: ‘You need to get your food settled before you can get into a relationship. You need to learn how to love yourself first.’ So I did, and then that made our relationship so much stronger.”
7. This is how she met Wilmer Valderrama.
“We shot a PSA together for the 2010 Census forms for Voto Latino. We shot them at his house, so we actually met there. Of course, I was like, ‘Oh my god. You’re so attractive.’ And he was like, ‘You are not 18. Get away from me.’ Then we became really good friends, and he was there for me through a number of situations and breakups and whatever.”
8. She thinks you haven’t even scratched the surface of the “heavy” stuff she’s been through. But at the same time, she doesn’t want to tell you about it because it’s not a “sob story.”
“Yeah, a lot of which I haven’t even talked about. The stuff that I have shared, I feel like sometimes it is so heavy, and I’m like, ‘Y’all think that’s heavy? I haven’t even shared the heavy part.’ But I don’t feel like I’ll ever have to until I write a book or something. If you were to sit my friends and me in a group together and we all shared our life stories, you wouldn’t understand how we’re still alive because of either our addictions or the stuff that we’ve survived. I never want to be like, ‘Oh, I’ve been through so much,’ like it’s a sob story. I’m proud of what I’ve been through and gotten over and sometimes, even to this day, when I do go through something I’m like, ‘OK. It’s just a part of my story.’ It’ll be more to tell, and that’s fine.”
9. There’s a reason why she’s going a sexier route when promoting her new album.
“It’s liberating. It’s not like I have something to hide. I went to this pool party, and somebody got a picture of me in bad lighting. It was just cellulite city. I saw it, and I cringed at first. Then I read the caption underneath, and it was like, “I’m so proud of this girl. She’s real. Even though she may have cellulite, she’s not letting it stop her from rocking this bathing suit. She looks awesome. She’s worked hard.'”
10. “Cool for the Summer” is not about Ruby Rose.
“Yes, I’ve met her,” Lovato says. “I did not have a relationship with Ruby Rose.”
She continues, “I don’t feel like any of my past or future—when it comes to relationships that may have happened or not have happened—are of any concern to anybody. What matters to me is my relationship with Wilmer. We are in an amazing place. Rumors are rumors, and people are going to spread them. You can believe what you want, but no, I was not in a relationship with her.”
11. She really, really wants a Grammy.
“You can’t go higher than the Grammys in the music industry. That was a huge goal for this album. I watched the Grammy nominations last year and I was like, ‘I want to be there so bad,'” she says. “Everything in my entire singing career—all of the guitar lessons, all of the voice lessons, all of the songs that I wrote when I was 8 years old, when I was 15, writing six songs a night, all of the touring—would be worth it. That’s what it means to me. It’s literally everything.”