The Lovato Charm

Pop princess remains grounded even as her career flies sky high

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By Grace Yeoh, Photos by Amos Wong (Courtesy of Universal Music Singapore and MediaCorp VizPro International)

“’Heart Attack’ did so well and I’m really shiok about it,” chirped Demi Lovato.

With one sentence, it was clear how the American singer-songwriter successfully charmed her way into the hearts of millions worldwide: Lovato is as relatable as her songs.

In a press conference held hours before her show at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, Lovato’s bubbly and endearing nature proved infectious. Yet, the 20-year-old provided thoughtful answers, often appearing wiser than her yea_MG_0177rs.

“You’re not going to be able to please everybody. I’m doing my own thing. If people like it, great. If they don’t, great,” she quipped, when asked about how she dealt with the media’s constant scrutiny of her body image.

In fact, her refreshing confidence displayed her growth as an artiste and as a person. “Previously, there was a lot of pressure to be a role model. It’s not so much the case anymore because now I’m honest [with myself and my fans] and it feels really great,” she said.

Lovato also keeps it real with a posse of friends and family members who rein her in when she displays diva-ttitude.

“I hang out with people who aren’t afraid to keep me in check. In this industry, a lot of people will tell you ‘yes, yes, yes’. [I’m thankful] I have friends who have my best interests at heart,” she said.

Indeed, it is this down-to-earth demeanor that allows her to promote messages of self-love and anti-bullying. When asked about the words she would impart to her 15-year-old self, Lovato mused, “I’d tell her to put her seatbelt on because it’s about to get really crazy. But also, that she’s beautiful and that she’s loved.”

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