Demi Lovato recently sat down with Arianna Huffington for a chat about everything on the Thrive Global Podcast. In the half-hour conversation with the woman behind the Huffington Post, Demi discussed her new album, dating while famous and how she’s changed since her start as a child star. She also opened up about what her Grammy nomination really meant to her.
“I had let things get to me, like certain things on social media, in tabloids, things like that,” Demi said about her decision to take a step back from the spotlight last year. “I decided I’m going to take a break, and then I got nominated for a Grammy. That changed everything for me because it made me feel like I was getting recognition for all the hard work I’d been putting myself through.” But it was more than that.
“It also was kind of felt like a sign from God saying, ‘Keep going. Don’t give up. Keep going because this is what you’re meant to do,'” Demi confessed. She went on to explain her relationship with God, which sounded a lot like the Big Book at an Alcoholics’ Anonymous meeting.
“My relationship with God is great,” she said. “I have my own relationship with him and that’s what’s special about creating your own relationship with a higher power. To me, God is something that is bigger than myself, bigger than all of us. God is somebody that I pray to in times of need and someone that shows me that life has a bigger purpose than just the material things in life.”
Demi also discussed the inspiration behind some of her songs and the name of her album before she revealed that she’s more than just a part owner at her former rehab center: she runs group meetings there, too.
“I actually will help out at CAST,” she said. “I will conduct group sessions with some of the clients that are there. I just make sure that I’m doing my part, that I’m not just owning a treatment center, that I’m actually doing something.”
Hear Demi’s entire interview below.
(Photo credit: Demi Lovato Twitter account)