Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her ‘Sober In Moderation’ Decision With ‘Paper’ Magazine

Demi Lovato is a glamorous alien on the cover of Paper magazine.

In the issue, the 28-year-old singer opens up about her new documentary, Dancing With The Devil, which is out this week.

Here’s what she had to share:

On the ups and downs of the past year: “Going back over the past year, I thought my life was going to turn out a lot differently than it has. At one point I was engaged to a man, and now I’m very much not. And so I just wanted to allow myself the freedom to match my outside to what I feel like on the inside, and that’s what I’ve done.”

On ignoring the negativity: “I think it was right after I got out of rehab in 2018. I saw an article somewhere that said I was morbidly obese, and that is the most triggering thing that you could possibly write about somebody with an eating disorder. That sucked, and I wanted to quit, I wanted to use, wanted to give up. And then I just realized that if I don’t look at those things then they can’t affect me. So, I stopped looking and I just really try not to look at anything negative. I think the positives outweigh the negatives. I think that if they didn’t, I wouldn’t be doing this.”

On her choice to be “sober in moderation”: “The way that I’ve come about it is, I went back to treatment after [the overdose], in 2019, after slipping up with substances. I had done so well with my eating disorder, in comparison to the years before. And when I went back, my therapist, my eating disorder specialist there, was like, ‘How do you feel with food recovery?’ And I was like, ‘I feel really great, but I think it’s because I’ve legalized so much.’ I feel like I wanted to get a great understanding of it for myself before I told the world about it, and also, it’s just really important to note that just because I am trying this doesn’t mean it’s for everybody. Just like the dogmatic views of complete sobriety, that isn’t a one size fits all solution for everybody.”

Here are all the new things we’ve learned about Demi from Dancing With The Devil, so far.

Updated: March 22, 2021 — 7:03 pm

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