Demi Lovato Explains Musical Tribute To “Abusive” Father

In a video series about the making of her album, Confident, singer-songwriter Demi Lovato addresses how she felt regarding the death of her father, Patrick Lovato, in June 2013.

“I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive,” Lovato, 23, explains in the video. “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.”

Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder, reveals that her father endured a mental illness of his own, sharing that due to his mental state, he could not be with his family in the way he should have.

“He knew he wasn’t capable of raising a family, and it was because of his mental illness,” she states. “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.”

That process came into fruition with her new song, Father.

“Father, I’m gonna say thank you / Even if I’m still hurt,” she sings in the emotional ballad. “I’m gonna say bless you / I wanna mean those words / Always wished you the best / I prayed for your peace / Even if you started this whole war in me.”

Earlier this year, Lovato released Cool for the Summer, the lead single from Confident. She recently made an appearance on Saturday Night Live as their guest musical performer. Additionally, she was featured on the re-release of Irresistible, the fourth single from Fall Out Boy’s sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho.

Confident was released on October 16 and received positive reviews from the music industry. On the album’s production, Lovato stated, “The sound just evolves into everything that I’ve been and everything that I want to become.”

“I’ve never been so sure of myself as an artist when it comes down to confidence, but not only personal things, but exactly what I want my sound to be and what I know I’m capable of and this album will really give me the opportunity to show people what I can really do.”

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