Over the past few years, Demi Lovato has spoken candidly about a number of personal issues, from her struggles with drug addiction and mental health issues, to her difficult relationship with the paparazzi, to the backlash that she's received over her weight gain.
And now, in a revealing new interview, it seems that the ex-Disney Channel star has taken a courageous step further, letting another skeleton out of her closet.
The star posted a video on her YouTube channel of her discussing the sensitive subject of her father, Patrick Lovato, who died in 2013 after a hard struggle with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Naturally, his death came as a shock to the young star, but now that a couple of years have gone by since his passing, Demi has summoned up the courage to face the memories of living with a parent with a mental illness, one with a tendency to be abusive.
"I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive. He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person, and he wanted to have his family."
"When my mom married my stepdad he still had this huge heart where he would say, 'I'm so glad Eddie's taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do.'"
Living with an absent father was a tough time, yet Demi admits that now she's starting to understand why he was not always there for her and her family in the way that he should have been.
"I wanted to write about it; I wanted to process it"
Today, thankfully she has somewhat reconciled her conflicting emotions towards her late dad, saying:
"He knew he wasn't capable of raising a family, um, and it was because of his mental illness. To know that it wasn't fully his fault really was saddening to me. I wanted to write about it; I wanted to process it."
And that's how it came about that she named a single 'Father' on her latest album Confident.
I'm sure you'll all join me in sending our best wishes to Demi -- she's so strong for speaking out about this issue and hopefully through her songwriting, she'll finally be able to find some kind of closure. Stay strong, girl!
Watch the interview in full here:
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