For the First Time, Demi Lovato Makes Confession About Her Past Abuse

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Demi Lovato has always been open about the struggles she’s faced personally in her past. Between facing drug abuse, self-harm and an eating disorder, the “Confident” crooner has risen from some of life’s toughest battles. And while she prides herself on being incredibly candid, there’s one thing she has been hesitant to discuss — the relationship with her now-deceased father, Patrick Lovato.

The 23-year-old singer has hinted that her biological father struggled with alcoholism and mental illness in the past, but now, for the first time ever, Demi revealed that her dad was actually abusive.

“I felt conflicted when he passed because he was abusive, he was mean,” she said in a personal YouTube video. “But he wanted to be a good person, he wanted to have his family. When my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart, where he would say, ‘I’m so glad Eddie’s taking care of you, and doing the job that I wish I could do.'”

But even though Patrick abused his daughter, Demi has since forgiven the man who she says “started this whole war in [her].” The “Cool For the Summer” songstress penned a tune called “Father” on her new album Confident that actually thanks him for the role he played in her life. She emotionally sings, “Father, I’m gonna say thank you / Even if I don’t understand / Oh, you left us alone / I guess that made me who I am.”

To conclude the confession, Ms. Lovato says her father “wasn’t capable of raising a family, and it was because of his mental illness.”

“To know that it was never fully his fault really was saddening to me,” she finished.

Watch Demi’s full emotional story behind “Father” here:

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