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Demi Lovato Was Conflicted When Her Estranged Father Died — inside the Family Drama

Oyin Balogun
Jan 01, 2021
09:30 A.M.
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Singer Demi Lovato has a long and successful career behind and ahead of her. However, her family suffered a dark past as she had a difficult relationship with her late father, Patrick.


In 2015, singer Demi Lovato opened up about something dwelling in her heart. At the time, she had just released her album "Confident," in which the song "Father" revealed a lot about her broken relationship with her dad.

Demi's father, Patrick, died in June 2013. The singer revealed that he was abusive and mean when he was alive. Still, she knew that deep down, Patrick suffered a whole lot more beneath.

Demi Lovato at the 2017 American Music Awards in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images


Demi said Patrick wanted to be a good person who had a family, but he also thought that he could have neither of those because of his mental illness.

The singer added that when her mom remarried, Patrick still had a big heart and was happy for her mom. Demi, who has also openly battled bipolar disorder, totally understood her father's struggle. She said:

"I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive. To know that it wasn't fully his fault really was saddening to me."


The "Confident" crooner admitted that she needed to let her feelings out by writing about it. She had to process her conflicting emotions in the best way that she knew how.

According to Demi, Patrick also reportedly had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Besides writing empowering and inspiring songs, Demi also reportedly took action by advocating for mental health reform.

Dianna unpacked a lot of the family's dark history, reliving many dark and difficult memories.


She raised funds for her Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program to pay tribute to her late father. "Confident" was not the first time Demi Lovato spoke openly about her fractured relationship with her father.

She also did so in her "Here We Go Again" album released in 2009. In an interview at the time, she revealed that they were still estranged despite how hard she tried.


Most recently, Demi opened up about how her life has been and the effects of her dad's struggles on her. The singer penned a heartfelt personal essay about 2020 and admitted that she has a lot of daddy issues.

Taking a brighter note, she wrote that she intended to leave said daddy issues in 2020 as she looks forward to what the rest of her life has to offer.


The "Heart Attack" singer confessed that her father's death anniversary always hits her hard every year. However, something shifted in 2020. On the sad anniversary, rather than be sad, she wrote him a gratitude letter, which focused on all the positive things that she got from him.

She was able to release all the resentment that she had towards him, and that was when she realized that she would carry on with her life without daddy issues.


Demi's mother, Dianna De La Garza, also opened up about her relationship with her late ex-husband in her 2018 memoir, "Falling with Wings." In her memoir, she detailed the abusive marriage and her struggle with an eating disorder and substance abuse.

Dianna unpacked a lot of the family's dark history, reliving many dark and difficult memories. She found healing and love again with her husband, Eddie De La Garza, Demi's stepfather.

Demi is part of a big family and is one of her parents' two daughters. She has an older sister, Dallas, and two half-sisters, Madison and Amber.

With all the darkness and trauma that has tainted her past, it is relieving and heart-warming to see that Demi Lovato is ready to leave her troubles behind and work on continuing to be happy. What an inspirational woman!


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