How Demi Lovato Got Her Start in Fame

Demi Lovato is a world-famous singer and actress, and the 26-year-old superstar has had to cope with her fair share of demons and controversies throughout the course of her fruitful career. She was hospitalized at the height of her career in 2010 for ‘physical and emotional issues.’

There were a number of rumors being spread that implied that there was more to her hospitalization than what she was telling us. Eventually, the world learned that Lovato had been struggling with an eating disorder. 


Despite these things, Demi still managed to remain loved by all of her fans. In this article, we’re going to look at how she rose to fame. 

How Demi Lovato Got Her Start in Fame

Demi Lovato - Early Life

Lovato was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since her mother was a singer and a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys, many people think that being a performer was something that Demi was born to do. 

She seemed to be an excellent entertainer early in her life and had participated in various talent shows as a young child. At the age of 10, she was cast in her very first TV show, as a member of the Barney and Friends cast.


This is where Demi met Selena Gomez, who was also on the show at the time. Barney and Friends director Fred Holmes pointed out that Gomez and Lovato became friends immediately. 

Demi’s Big Break

After her time on Barney, Demi played a few other small roles every now and then, but it wasn’t until 2007 that she finally had her big break when the Disney Channel hired her. She starred in the hit Disney film, Camp Rock, alongside the Jonas Brothers.

The next year, she and her best friend Selena starred in another majorly successful Disney film, Princess Protection Program. And then again in 2009, she was the star of Sonny with a Chance, that remained on air for two more years, and became one of the most popular shows that Disney had ever released

How Demi Lovato Got Her Start in Fame

A New Direction

At the same time that she was making a name for herself as an actress, Lovato was also pursuing her love of music as a career. She worked with the Jonas Brothers on the soundtrack for Camp Rock and was the lead singer of a song called “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted.

Lovato released her first album in 2008, entitled Don’t Forget, which made its way to the top of the Billboard charts with haste. Her career bloomed after that, and she released several award-winning songs, like “Sorry Not Sorry”, “Skyscraper”, and “Heart Attack”, which made her even more popular than what she already was. 

To top it all off, in 2012, Demi set a Guinness World Record at the age of 19 years old, for being the youngest ever judge on The X Factor. She was a judge on the second and third seasons of the show, but then announced that she would not be returning to the show because she was initiating her tour, Neon Lights, which launched early in 2014. 

How Demi Lovato Got Her Start in Fame

A Battle With Sobriety

Demi was admitted into a treatment facility in 2010 to help her fight her eating disorder, as well as bipolar disorder. Since then, many rumors were circulating that Demi was also fighting substance abuse

Despite the allegations, she remained steadfast in her statement that she had not touched any alcohol or drugs since 2012. Then, in 2018, she released a song titled “Sober”, in which she apologized to her family, friends, and fans for not being able to stay sober. 

After they heard the song, her fans quickly became worried that Lovato had started abusing alcohol and drugs again. Their suspicions were proven when Lovato went to the hospital for a drug overdose, where she reportedly stayed for twelve days. 

Demi is still fighting for her sobriety today, but it looks like it’s been a while since she relapsed.

How Demi Lovato Got Her Start in Fame


Demi has lived a difficult life, but has still managed to make success a reality for her, and is still one of the most famous singers and actresses anywhere. If we are to learn anything from her life, we can overcome obstacles if we are determined enough. 

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