Fallen Disney, 'X Factor' star Demi Lovato bounces back with style, will play Tampa Feb. 26
Demi Lovato was a downed Disney princess: a Mouse House creation who started as a JoBros conquest in 2008 cable smash Camp Rock and almost ended as a drug-addicted, self-mutilating starlet. Rarely has there been a Disney product as candid about her rise and fall and rebirth as 21-year-old Demetria Devonne Lovato, the singing-acting pride of the ABQ, N.M. After starring, rather winningly, on kid-com Sonny With a Chance, she reached her breaking point in 2010, cold-cocking one of her backup dancers, a burst of crazed violence that led to rehab and followup admissions of bulimia, cutting and cocaine abuse.
But Lovato survived the Fame Game and advanced, and now her legion of fans, named the Lovatics, is even bigger. And with good reason: In between scoring Top 5 pop hits (Skyscraper, Give Your Heart a Break, Heart Attack, Let It Go from Disney's Frozen) and celeb-judging on Simon Cowell’s X Factor, she penned 2013 book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year about her struggles with mental health and self-esteem. An anti-bullying advocate, Lovato is one to root for, totally deserving of her happy ending.
Demi Lovato performs 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $26.75-$62.25. (813) 301-2500.