Demi Lovato Explains Musical Tribute to Her 'Abusive' Father

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In a new video interview on her YouTube channel, Demi Lovato is getting very personal. In stark contrast to her high-octane, colorful music videos, this black-and-white clip showcased the singer discussing one of her new album Confident's most evocative songs, "Father." 

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The power ballad is dedicated to her late father, Patrick Lovato, who died in 2013. “I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive,” Demi explains in the video. "He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he said, ‘I’m so glad that he’s taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do.'"

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Lovato also says that recording the song was therapeutic in a way, and helped her reconcile her conflicting emotions. "To know that it wasn’t really his fault really was saddening to me,” she continued. “I wanted to write about it. I wanted to process it, and ‘Father’ really helped me do that.”

Watch her full interview below: