Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” is one of her most emotionally raw songs to date, and the singer sat down with Billboard to break down the recording process of the track, and to discuss what she most hopes that her fans will take away from listening to it.
“This song best represents who I am today as an artist,” Lovato says of the title track to her sixth studio album, Tell Me You Love Me. She shares that when the song was first brought to her, she knew instantly that she wanted to record it. “I really connected to the lyrics,” she explains. “It felt vulnerable, soulful, and that was perfect for the direction that I was going with this new album.”
The singer says that she recalls being close to tears during the song’s recording process because she had just gone through a breakup. “The lyrics that mean the most to me are, ‘I don’t know who I am without you/ I’ve got it bad,’ because sometimes you feel like you don’t know who you are without somebody,” she tells Billboard. “And that’s the way that I was feeling in that moment when I recorded the song.”
Lovato says that when fans listen to “Tell Me You Love Me,” she wants them to hear the vulnerability that she was feeling at the time, and “to feel the soul behind it.”
Discussing the track’s cinematic music video – which co-stars Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams – Lovato explains that it takes viewers on the journey of a relationship with ups and downs, comparing it to a roller-coaster ride. “You have to wait and see what happens at the end, but it’s a very passionate love story,” she says.
Watch the video above to hear more from Demi Lovato, as she explains how “Tell Me You Love Me” went down.