AceShowbiz - Demi Lovato is happier than ever because her music career no longer revolves around how she looks.
The "Cool for the Summer" singer admits she lost her "joy" for music because of the focus on her body, which led her to some very dark places in the past.
"I want a career that has nothing to do with my body," Demi told Bustle. "I want it to be about my music and my lyrics and my message... and I want a long-lasting career that I don't have to change myself for."
"Music brought me so much joy when I was younger and I lost that joy throughout the hustle and bustle of the music industry. I got miserable. And I don't ever want it to be like that again."
"I used to have people watching me the night before a photo shoot to make sure that I didn't binge or eat and be swollen the next day."
The pop star insists her success, coupled with women's rights movements like #MeToo, have helped change the way record bosses operate - and she has benefited from the new culture.
"It's just a totally different world now," she added. "I don't prepare for photo shoots, even. I can eat Subway (sandwiches) for breakfast."
She has also found happiness with new boyfriend Max Ehrich and admits even the coronavirus lockdown has been good for her, adding, "Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I'm only going to cry if people pay me to."
"I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I've had or the adversities or traumas that I've faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened."