There's caring about your fans, and then there's Demi Lovato-level caring about your fans. The candid singer is known for going the extra mile for her "Lovatics," which makes her latest move—providing therapy and mental health education to attendees of her Tell Me You Love Me tour—the most characteristically Demi thing she's done yet.
The singer caught up with InStyle at her American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard Concert in N.Y.C. Wednesday night, where she dished on fan therapy sessions, champions of women in the music world, performing with Elton John, and how she practices self-care while on tour herself.
You're offering free mental health services to fans on this tour. What inspired that move? I meet so many people and they tell me their stories and they share their experiences with me through their meet and greets, and a lot of them tell me that they are opening up to me when they can’t open up to their family or friends. It was just so important to me that I bring something to give back to them and give them an outlet or some way or place to feel safe.
How has having that kind of outlet helped you in your own life? It’s been amazing, and being able to co-own CAST has really been a huge part of my life. I got sober at CAST, I went to their sober living, and now being a partner is pretty incredible.
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I’d say so. How do you make sure to practice that mental health self-care when you’re busy? I don’t do a lot of it, but I’ll make sure that I keep a journal with me. I don’t do a ton of writing in my journal—I normally write on my phone. I’ll make sure that I get to the gym everyday because it’s good for my mind and my body. I eat clean, I take care of myself, I get massages, little things. Getting your nails done, as silly as that sounds, you’re taking care of yourself and you’re doing something loving for yourself.
Who do you think are the biggest champions of women in the music industry right now? I think there’s tons of champions. I think Kesha is somebody that is a champion in music. She’s doing great, and she’s got really great music out, and I couldn’t be prouder of her.
Your performance tonight is more intimate than usual. Why was that something you wanted to do? I think it was important for me to do because I never get to play intimate shows for my fans. So I thought it was a cool opportunity. Mastercard is a great company, American Airlines is a company that’s flown me many, many, many times, so I just thought it fit.
Will you do more intimate sessions going forward? I would really love to. I have a lot of fun doing them.
What are your favorite performing memories? There was one time where I got to perform with Elton John and that was amazing. It was in front of a more intimate audience and that was pretty cool.
He just announced he’s going to finish touring. I feel like I think of him as permanently on tour. I know, right!
Can you see yourself touring for a long time like Elton John? Yeah, for sure. I definitely will. I’m actually going on tour in February, the 26th is my first date in San Diego and I’ll be going with DJ Khaled and Kehlani and I’m really excited for that.