Following her attendance at the Costume Gala, Demi Lovato was revealed as the June/July 2016 cover star of Latina Magazine. On the cover which was shot by John Russo, Demi is wearing a CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FALL 2016 black & silver ruffle off-the-shoulder gown with a complimentary beauty look. In the issue, she talks music, her faith, voting for Hilary Clinton and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see her fashion spread. For more on Demi's feature, visit Latina.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
'I listen to music that moves me emotionally. I also listen to all types of music but the ones that really move me are the ones that influence what I do in the studio and what I end up writing.'
On her faith:
'I grew up Christian but as I've gotten older, I don’t necessarily believe in a lot of the same things that the Bible talks about. So I just focus on my relationship with God, and obviously trying to emulate Christ is something I still believe in but being realistic, I’m not Him. And I don’t believe that gay people go to hell. I don’t believe in a lot of what Christianity believes in anymore. When I started going to AA, working the 12 steps has kind of become my religion more than anything — but it’s still the same God.'
On Wilmer always being her #1 cheerleader:
'No matter how many times he tells me I have a beautiful body or figure, it all comes down to what I see myself. He used to tell me all the time, 'You have an incredible body,' but I never believed it until I started believing it, loving it and taking care of it. He’s helped me in a sense where he helps me stay accountable with food and staying on track with my health.'
On why she’s voting for Hillary Clinton:
'I’m with her for many different reasons. First of all, we have the same beliefs. I love the way that she stands up for women’s rights. And I think it’s important that people remember that it’s not about her being a woman, which is great and it would be amazing if we had a woman president, but that’s not the reason why I’m with her.'
On her secret obsession with UFC fighting:
'It’s one of the most brutal sports out there [laughs]. There’s no bullshit, there’s blood, you can use anything, you can use your legs . . . it’s just raw and that’s what I love about it. I can be, I’m not proud of it, but I can be kind of a violent person [laughs]. I love action and horror movies and things like that. It’s a good place for me to channel that energy [laughs]…other than going hard at the gym. It’s fun.'
On how her dogs have helped her be a happier person:
'I wasn’t a dog person until my family got our dog Bailey. We had another dog named Bella and she’s a sweetheart, and that’s kind of when I realized I fell in love with dogs because she’s so affectionate. Batman is a Yorkie-Poo. He’s my little superhero. He’s my emotional support. He’s here right now. He’s the cutest, sweetest thing. I went through some stuff this last year that was extremely painful — one being the loss of Buddy. I didn’t realize how close you can become to an animal until I raised Buddy and I’m raising Batman. When you raise something from weeks old and you’re there with them every second of the day they become your babies. I really honestly feel like I have a child. It was a beautiful thing to be able to have that connection with Buddy and it’s even more beautiful now that I get the memories of him, plus the experience with Batman that I wouldn’t have had if things hadn't happened the way that they did.'
Credit: Latina Magazine