What's wrong with being confident?
That's not just a lyric from Demi Lovato's hit song, but apparently, a constant thought going through her mind when faced with critics who choose to feel some type of way about her sexier look.
The singer, who stuns on the cover of Allure's latest issue, opens up about the hurdles of owning her newly found confidence around those who start to judge it, and the change to her features Disney requested of her when she was a child star.
"I'll have people who are like 'Stop talking about it,' but this summer I started wearing sexier stuff, and I got some hate for that, like, 'You've changed,'" she tells the mag.
"It's like, What's wrong with being confident enough to wear this?"
Lovato, who has been very open about her struggles with body image in the past, continued, "I've never felt as confident in my skin as I do today. A year ago, on tour, almost every inch of my body was covered by clothing, and it was because I was hiding behind so many layers.
"Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin. I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It's also a statement, like, 'Hey, watch out. You're no longer getting the insecure Demi that you've been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now.'"
Lovato, 23, also opened up about an incident with Disney that caused her to change something about herself early on in her career.
"I signed with Disney Channel when I got 'Camp Rock,' and I had a gap between my two front teeth," she explained. "They were like, 'Would you be willing to fix it?' I wish today that I hadn't, because my gap was really cute."
The brunette beauty admits that she still has her tough days, but those closest to her, like boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, help her overcome the low points.
"Wilmer is that person," she tells Allure, and added that best friend Marissa is another. "Sometimes I'll isolate a little bit. I won't reply to people's text messages, or I'll just distance myself from everyone unintentionally, and she's the first one to call me out on it. It's because I'm going through something. I'm stressed or depressed."
And when it comes to her enviable relationship with the actor, Demi confesses, "I don't want to alienate my love life from the public, because it's such a huge part of who I am. It's a balancing act. I can't always let people in as much as they feel like they deserve to be let in."
For more of Lovato's interview, grab the February issue of Allure.