Demi Lovato Poses Topless With Giant Banana For “Complex”, Denies Relationship With Ruby Rose

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Demi Lovato Complex Cover Interview

By Shari Weiss |

Demi Lovato Complex Cover Interview


Demi Lovato poses topless with a giant banana on the new cover of Complex, and wields a knife in the accompanying photo shoot. And like Justin Bieber’s own cover story on Monday, Lovato’s interview is one of the most revealing she’s ever given. Check out the highlights below!

Demi On Celebrity Friends
“I don’t really hang out with celebrities. I guess I do sometimes. I like Hailee Steinfeld. And Nick [Jonas]. But I don’t count Nick and Joe as celebrities. I’ve grown up with them. I’m not the type of person that’s on Instagram posting pictures of me and tons of my best friends. I have my core group, and they’re the type of people that will be there for me in the middle of the night. They’re the type of people that are like, ‘You’re being a bitch right now. Don’t talk to me that way,’ and I’m like, ‘Whoa. Sorry. I didn’t realize it.’ I don’t have anybody around me who kisses my ass.

Demi On Justin Bieber
After saying she and Selena Gomez are no longer talking (which, FYI, is no longer true), Lovato denies signing the petition that called for Bieber to deported. “He’s actually a nice guy. I don’t really know him that well, but he seems to have grown up. He looks like he’s maturing. But, you know, when you’re young and you get older, you change and people change. You have things in common, and then all of a sudden, you don’t. It’s just a part of life.”

Demi On Meeting Iggy Azalea
“We met at Jennifer Lopez’s Halloween party. I was dressed as Lucille Ball and Wilmer was Desi Arnaz. I’m kind of a little socially awkward when it comes to parties and going out because I feel like, unless you’re going to get f*cked up, everybody’s awkward. Since I don’t do that anymore, and Iggy wasn’t drinking — she doesn’t do anything — I was kind of like, ‘Hey. I’m a big fan. I love your music.’ We start talking, and it turns out that we’re neighbors and we didn’t even know.”

Demi On Iggy’s Best Qualities
“She’s so awesome. She’s very, very, very real. What you see is what you get. I think sometimes that pushes people away, but that’s what I admire about her. She’s the furthest thing from fake. In this entertainment business, that’s so hard to find with anybody. That’s why I don’t have any very famous friends. The very few that I do have are real.”

Demi On Bonding With Iggy
“The reason why we relate a lot to each other and the people around me — my close friends who aren’t necessarily famous or even in the industry — is that we’ve all been through a lot and we’ve come out strong. Iggy has really gone through sh*t and she’s come out super strong and didn’t let that take her down a devastating path. There’s respect there. The fact that she’s gone through so much and I’ve gone through so much and on a Friday night we can make gingerbread houses together instead of going out and drinking our sorrows away — that’s f*cking cool. I love that. It’s nice to have somebody who’s younger in the entertainment business who doesn’t do all of that stuff.”

Demi On Jennifer Lopez
“She’s really, really chill. We went to Park City for New Year’s. We’d hung out several times, but being there with her in Park City—it was so nice and awesome to watch her just blend in. But, also, not blend in because she’s still decked out in fur. But to wake up and she’s in her sweats with no makeup and still looks flawless, you’re kind of like, “What the f*ck? You’re not even human.’ But she’s so real and so chill. I love her to death. She’s a really great human being.”

Demi On Boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama Being “Family”
“He’s very, very family. We have been together for almost five years now, off and on. The only times that we were off was when I was not in a healthy state of mind, or he was like: ‘I can’t be with you until you get sober. I can’t enable what you’re doing right now.’ Or with food: ‘You need to get your food settled before you can get into a relationship. You need to learn how to love yourself first.’ So I did, and then that made our relationship so much stronger.”

Demi On Meeting Wilmer
“We shot a PSA together for the 2010 Census forms for Voto Latino. We shot them at his house, so we actually met there. Of course, I was like, ‘Oh my god. You’re so attractive.’ And he was like, ‘You are not 18. Get away from me.’ Then we became really good friends, and he was there for me through a number of situations and breakups and whatever. Then as I got older and we grew closer, it was like, ‘Hey, maybe we should try this thing out.’ We did, and we’ve basically been together ever since.”

Demi On Wilmer’s Reaction To Her Stated Willingness To Get Engaged
“He was like, ‘Umm, babe” And I was like, ‘What?’ And he showed me an Instagram where people had screenshotted stuff and they tagged him in it. I was like, ‘Uh…’ He was like, ‘Do you want to warn me with this stuff?’ I was like, ‘It just came out! I’m really sorry.’ He was like, ‘Don’t apologize.’

Demi On Her “Ideal” Wedding
“I love shabby chic. I don’t know if it would be in a barn, but I think I’d definitely want an outdoor wedding, with lights hanging in the trees.”

Demi On Having Kids With Wilmer
“His parents are hilarious. His dad’s always like, ‘Make babies.’ Like, ‘Oh god. Not yet. Not any time soon.'”

Demi Lovato On Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis
“They’re a really great example in how private they keep their lives. We’re obviously more public when it comes to social media and talking about each other in interviews, but they’re a really good example of how to keep it balanced. They do it really, really well. But we kind of just do our own thing. With some people, it works to take pictures together and walk red carpets together, and for others it doesn’t work.”

Demi Lovato On The “Sh*t” She’s Been Through”
“Yeah, a lot of which I haven’t even talked about. The stuff that I have shared, I feel like sometimes it is so heavy, and I’m like, ‘Y’all think that’s heavy? I haven’t even shared the heavy part.’ But I don’t feel like I’ll ever have to until I write a book or something. If you were to sit my friends and me in a group together and we all shared our life stories, you wouldn’t understand how we’re still alive because of either our addictions or the stuff that we’ve survived. I never want to be like, ‘Oh, I’ve been through so much,’ like it’s a sob story. I’m proud of what I’ve been through and gotten over and sometimes, even to this day, when I do go through something I’m like, ‘OK. It’s just a part of my story.’ It’ll be more to tell, and that’s fine.”

“I’m just 23. I never want people to feel sorry for me, and I also think that there’s always someone who has it worse. Not to invalidate what I’ve been through or what I’m feeling, but there’s somebody who has it worse, and I’ve always got to remember that.”

Demi On Embracing Her Sexy Side
“Lately, I’ve been coming to terms with my imperfections and not obsessing so much about trying to make myself perfect… It’s liberating. It’s not like I have something to hide. I went to this pool party, and somebody got a picture of me in bad lighting. It was just cellulite city. I saw it, and I cringed at first. Then I read the caption underneath, and it was like, ‘I’m so proud of this girl. She’s real. Even though she may have cellulite, she’s not letting it stop her from rocking this bathing suit. She looks awesome. She’s worked hard.’ I saw that, and I replied to it. I was like, ‘At first I cringed when I saw this, but this makes me so happy to see.’

Demi On Admiring The Kardashians’ Curves
“When they came into the spotlight, they kind of revolutionized what beauty was when it came to body shapes. For so long, it was the heroin-chic ’90s supermodel thing, and I feel like, when the Kardashians came into the picture, people started to look at it because it was different. They were like, ‘You know what? That’s actually really beautiful.’ From then, I noticed that Beyoncé was thicker, and Nicki Minaj is thicker. When I say thick — like when I call my thighs thick — I love it. I think it’s a good thing. Watching them really helped me learn to accept my body image, too. I’m not naturally super thin. I have an athletic body. I just have to embrace that. There are days when it’s hard to, but more and more, there are days where I’m actually proud of my body.”

Demi On Accusations “Cool For the Summer” “Copied” Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”
“The song literally sounds nothing like ‘I Kissed a Girl.’ Well, I used the word ‘cherry.’ How dare I use that word. It’s definitely not a rip-off of anything.”

Demi On Ruby Rose Rumors
After denying the song is about the “Orange Is The New Black” star, Lovato declares, “I did not have a relationship with Ruby Rose.” What about hooking up? “I don’t feel like any of my past or future – when it comes to relationships that may have happened or not have happened – are of any concern to anybody. What matters to me is my relationship with Wilmer. We are in an amazing place. Rumors are rumors, and people are going to spread them. You can believe what you want, but no, I was not in a relationship with her.

By the way, love is fluid. Whether there’s been rumors with one specific person or not, that’s all that matters. Humans are humans, and when you connect with somebody on a spiritual level it doesn’t matter. I don’t want people to ever look at the past or rumors or anything and try to figure me out. There’s a lot of relationships that I’ve had where nobody has even guessed it. Not everybody knows everything about me. The only thing that matters to me is that people know who I am today. With Wilmer, I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been, so that’s all that matters to me.”

Demi On Female Competition
“When I heard ‘Bitch Better Have My Money,’ I was like, ‘F*ck yeah!” That’s why I love Rihanna so much. And Nicki Minaj, too. And Iggy. She wouldn’t be afraid to say anything. It’s those strong, confident women in the industry that really inspire me. Also, somebody who was a random inspiration for some of the songs on this album was Ronda Rousey. She’s a confident, strong woman, and she’s actually a friend of mine.”

Demi On The Grammys
“I want the Grammy committee to hear [new song “Stone Cold”] so that one day they can see that — I know that I’m capable of getting there. I just want people to see it finally. When I say getting there, I don’t mean winning one. I just want to be nominated for one. You can’t go higher than the Grammys in the music industry. That was a huge goal for this album. I watched the Grammy nominations last year and I was like, ‘I want to be there so bad.’ It really gave me that kick in the ass to make music that was worthy of it. This is a song that I feel like is worthy of notification.

“Everything in my entire singing career — all of the guitar lessons, all of the voice lessons, all of the songs that I wrote when I was 8 years old, when I was 15, writing six songs a night, all of the touring — would be worth it. That’s what it means to me. It’s literally everything. It’s like the Olympics for an athlete.”

“As long as the people in that place know my name, that’s all that I care about. When they know your name there, you’ve made it.”

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