Demi Lovato on New Album Track 'Old Ways': 'I Easily Remember How Dangerous That Spiral Is'

Demi Lovato, 2015
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Demi Lovato photographed in 2015.

With just days to go until the Oct. 16 release of Confident, Demi Lovato is sharing short and sweet videos to preview her new album. In the clips, she’s opening about her personal connection to each song.

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“Old Ways,” the third song on Confident’s track list, references the emotional and physical issues that the singer addressed in rehab in 2010.

“The first thing I think about is going back to a time when I was engaging in self-destructive behaviors,” she says of “Old Ways.”

“But it’s also like, now being at an age where I’ll go out to a club and I’ll look around the room, and there’s a bunch of people drinking, partying … it looks glamorous,” she continues. “In that moment, I may think, ‘You know, it’s been a long time. Maybe I don’t have a problem anymore.’ Or ‘They look like they’re having so much fun.’ I easily remember how dangerous that spiral is, when you’re the type of person that lets it take over your life.”

“When you look forward and you write a new chapter in your book, that’s when the story really begins,” she adds.

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In another clip, Lovato – who recently debuted a music video for her latest single, "Confident" -- talks about her choice to record her summer hit, “Cool for the Summer.”

“I thought it was an awesome representation of where I’m headed. I think for so many years, I cared too much about what people thought. Now I can just be who I am. I can be open,” Lovato reveals.

“I can kind of bring attention to people’s sexuality, taking away the stigma and the shame of wanting to try things,” she say. “I think this is obviously a sexy pop song, but it can inspire people to be themselves. I know it was an awesome journey for me to be able to put that out in front of the world and not feel ashamed about it.”

Watch Lovato discuss both tracks in the videos below.


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