Demi Lovato Talks ‘Cool For the Summer’ Meaning, Iggy Azalea and More
Demi Lovato has discussed her transition into grown-up, post-Disney stardom a lot lately — but a new Complex cover story is even more revealing, and features some equally-revealing photos. The "Confident" singer discussed her famous friends, addressed the possible bicurious undertones of "Cool For the Summer" and more — here's 10 things we learned in Demi's candid chat.
1. She prefers her friends un-famous, but she's still tight with the JoBros.
While she says "I like Hailee Steinfeld," Demi surrounds herself with down-to-earth types who'll tell it to her straight. "I don't have anybody around me who kisses my ass." Pals Nick Jonas and his brother Joe "don't count" as celebrities to her, since they grew up together.
2. No, she and Selena Gomez don't keep in touch.
Despite their recent selfie together, Demi's response to "are you talking anymore?" is a simple "Nope." She says their distance doesn't have anything to do with Justin Bieber — or at least "not anymore" — they simply drifted apart. "You have things in common, and then all of a sudden, you dont."
3. She and Iggy Azalea met at J. Lo's costume party, and now they make gingerbread houses together.
The two bonded because they weren't drinking, and then a couple Jingle Ball hangs later, they became close pals. "Iggy has really gone through sh---t and she’s come out super strong and didn’t let that take her down a devastating path," Demi says. "There’s respect there." She says they're neighbors and have made gingerbread houses on a Friday night. Demi calls the rapper "very, very, very, very real" and says in the entertainment biz, "that's hard to find with anybody."
You know who's also as real as she herself once claimed in a Ja Rule duet? Jennifer Lopez, according to Demi, who she spent New Year's with in Park City. For someone who claims not to have famous friends, Demi has kind of a lot of famous friends.
4. You think you know, but you have no idea.
Demi's never shied away from discussing recovery from substance abuse and her struggles with body image and food, but she says "Y'all think that's heavy? I haven’t even shared the heavy part.” Then she raises our hopes for a tell-all, saying she'll save the darkness for "when I write a book or something."
5. Wilmer saw that "if he proposed tomorrow, I would say yes" story, too. And it was awkward.
"He was like, “Umm, babe?” And I was like, “What?” And he showed me an Instagram where people had screenshotted stuff and they tagged him in it. I was like, “Uh….” He was like, “Do you want to warn me with this stuff?”
After explaining that they quickly smoothed things over, Demi goes on to tell Complex she'd love a "shabby chic" outdoor wedding with "lights hanging in the trees." Not that she's thought about it or anything.
6. Navigating her body issues is still very much a process — and toxic Instagram comments don't help.
After Demi has concerns about a "leg fold" in a press photo (and Wilmer, the article's author and others assure her it's a just a normal human leg), she admits, "Lately, I’ve been coming to terms with my imperfections and not obsessing so much about trying to make myself perfect,” adding, “It’s a growing process.”
7. The Kardashians are her curve-spiration (and Beyonce, and Nicki).
"For so long, it was the heroin-chic ’90s supermodel thing, and I feel like, when the Kardashians came into the picture, people started to look at it because it was different. They were like, “You know what? That’s actually really beautiful.” From then, I noticed that Beyoncé was thicker, and Nicki Minaj is thicker. When I say thick—like when I call my thighs thick—I love it. I think it’s a good thing."
8. She'll let you decide what "Cool for the Summer" is about — and you can check your Katy Perry comparisons at the door.
When asked if her summer single is, in fact, about "a fun, sexual experience with a lady," she'd prefer to keep it mysterious. "Music is funny because music is like art, and art is an interpretation. So, the song can be interpreted by anyone to mean anything. I’ll leave it at that." Okay!
She scoffs at "I Kissed a Girl" comparisons, not seeing any similarity. "Well, I used the word cherry."
9. Confident is inspired by Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Iggy and... Ronda Rousey!
"Somebody who was a random inspiration for some of the songs on this album was Ronda Rousey. She’s a confident, strong woman, and she’s actually a friend of mine." When Demi says she likes strong women, she apparently means that literally.
10. Her favorite song on Confident is "Stone Cold."
But the "ballsiest" song? "Waiting For Ya": "That’s the song where I show you that a lot of people have their cute little feuds in public, but I don’t really have those because if you want to have a feud, you can just come to me in person and we’ll settle it."
Read the entire interview — and check out the vibrant, racy photos — over at Complex.
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