Before ‘Substance,’ Demi Lovato Wrote These Songs About Her Drug Use

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Demi Lovato knows a thing or two about substance abuse, having a near-fatal experience in 2018 after overdosing on opioids. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter is an icon in the music industry, publicly battling drug and alcohol addiction since she was 18.

On August 19, 2022, the “Confident” singer’s eighth studio album, HOLY FVCK, debuts. “Substance,” the second single on the highly-anticipated album, dropped on July 15 along with an angry music video addressing their close call with death.

It is not the first song the Grammy nominee has written about her drug use and experiences. Soul-searching lyrics have depicted a never-ending battle and become a prevalent theme in their music.

Lovato was ‘clean and sober’ when she recorded ‘Substance’

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In a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer revealed that after going through treatment again last year, she wanted to make the best album possible. Lovato said she wanted something that “really represents who I am,” explaining, “the easiest way to do something the most authentic is to do it clean and sober.”

Lovato explained, “I made this album clean and sober. I can’t say that about my last album, but this one I’m really, really proud about.”

The Disney alum recently posted on Twitter, “HOLY FVCK takes me back to my roots. It’s a body of work that’s unapologetically me, and I can’t wait to perform it on tour for you!”

‘Dancing With the Devil’

Before “Substance” was even a thought in their head, Lovato wrote many songs about her experiences with substance abuse.

In “Skin of My Teeth,” Lovato’s first track on the HOLY FVCK album, the tormented singer states, “Demi leaves rehab again, When is this s*** gonna end? Sounds like the voice in my head. I can’t believe I’m not dead.” They also refer to finding it “harder to breathe,” the grim reaper knocking on the door, and the “f****** disease.”

In 2018, the power ballad “Sober” was released one month after the singer’s overdose. According to US Weekly, Lovato spent two weeks in the hospital and three months in rehab. The song talks about her relapse after six years of sobriety.

At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Lovato made a comeback with an emotional performance of “Anyone,” which was written and recorded shortly before their overdose. After 18 months away from the spotlight, the “No Promises” singer revealed in an interview with Apple Music’s New Music Daily that the lyrics to “Anyone” were a cry for help, saying, “How did nobody listen to this song and think ‘Let’s help this girl.’” Lovato expressed her desire to “go back in time and help that version of myself.”

In last year’s YouTube Original docuseries, Dancing With the Devil, Lovato discussed the …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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