Demi Lovato on punching her backup dancer: “I was completely out of line”


Demi Lovato did a fashion spread and interview in the September issue of Elle (the one with Gwyneth on the cover) to promote her new “Skyscraper” single as well as discuss some issues about bullying and cutting, which she’s already talked about in the recent past. While Elle‘s stylists have gotten a bit heavy handed with the lipstick in this photoshoot, I do love that red coat in the above photo. In addition, the interview contains a few little gems, which allude to an almost unheard of concept to today’s starlets; that is, personal responsibility:

On Her 2010 Meltdown: When news of her backstage theatrics on tour with the Jonas Brothers got out, the blogosphere dubbed her “Demi Drama.” “I was completely out of line all summer,” she says. “Just the worst attitude–totally ungrateful.” During a flight to Peru, Lovato walked up to her backup dancer, then friend Alex Welch, and socked her in the face. “I just felt like she’d betrayed me,” Lovato says. “That’s the bottom line.”

On Her Moment Of Reckoning: “When you punch someone on a plane, enough is enough,” she ways. “Right after, I texted my mom and just said, ‘I’m sorry.'”

On Why She Lost It: Because she and [Joe] Jonas had broken up, rumors persisted that Lovato went off the rails over his then romance with Twilight star Ashley Greene. She admits that heartbreak was an aggravating factor — she and Jonas have had no contact since — but insists the crisis ran deeper than teen angst. “I wouldn’t credit my meltdown to a guy. There was so much other stuff in my life.”

On Publicists: In 2008, red-carpet photos showed four fading scabs on Lovato’s left wrist. Before the singer even knew the pictures existed, her PR team had issued a statement that the marks were indents from gummy bracelets. “I don’t think I would have been ready to talk about [my problems] then, but I could’ve come up with something better than gummy bracelets. Needless to say, that publicist is no longer with us.” Pause. “I mean, she’s alive.”

[From Elle]

While the tabloids would lead us to believe that Demi is falling back into her partying ways, I think she’s far from the next Lindsay Lohan. The difference between the two girls is quite apparent in that Demi has publicly acknowledged that punching her backup dancer was out of line and completely wrong on her part. In contrast, Lohan would’ve claimed that she didn’t really punch anyone because the paparazzi (on on airplane) would’ve pushed her, thereby causing the loss of balance and an uncontrollably flailing wrist. Then, she’d have sued the backup dancer for not catching her or something. While every screw up in Lohan’s life is the fault of someone else, Demi seems far more lucid about her own shortcomings, and seeing the whole picture is a huge factor in recovery. If only we could just keep Demi from dating creeps like Wilmer Valderrama and Ryan Phillipe, right?


Elle photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. *Roxy* says:

    Am I the only one to say she doesn’t look like herself here?

  2. brin says:

    It’s great that she’s taking responsiblity for her actions and I hope she takes her recovery seriously, no one wants another Lilo situation.

  3. If you can’t outdance em’,beat their ass..

  4. aenflex says:

    good for her.

  5. Pyewacket says:

    *Roxy*- No, you are not the only one. I would never have thought that was Lovato in a million years.

  6. sapphire says:

    That coat! So gorgeous! Anyone know who makes it?

  7. Cali says:

    She just won’t stop milking this. so sick of hearing it already. Move on.

  8. Cali says:

    Also, did she have work done? or is this major photoshop? doesn’t look anything like her.

  9. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Kudos to the makeup artist who transformed her. Demi looks great!

  10. gee says:

    She looks fabulous here. Less makeup suits her!

  11. Tigger says:

    She looks gorgeous in this shoot! I mean, she’s always been a beautiful girl but she looks lovely here.

    It’s good that she acknowledged the fact that she was out of line, she seems very well adjusted now. I guess part of the reason I like her is that I can relate to the cutting and eating disorder. It’s nice to have a ‘disney princess’ who’s human.

  12. trish says:

    @sapphire: The red coat is Just Cavalli – $2,850(!!) I like the coat, but not that much 😉

    I don’t think Demi is done flailing even if she does accept responsibility for her actions. Reports suggests she’s partying as hard as ever – and supposedly there were far worse things she was doing prior to rehab that never came to light.

  13. Phoenix says:

    Why does she look so different? Photoshop? Hair? Make up? Lighting? I would NOT have guessed that was her.

  14. Hanna says:

    I don’t like all of these disney stars. They just bugg me the hell out. Couldn’t care less.

  15. Liz says:

    The difference here is that she’s not as over-tanned as she is these days. She’s more naturally styled, not overdone and simply not as tanned.

  16. Katija says:


    Agreed. I think I’m officially old, because whenever I hear Bieber or Selene Gomez, I’m like “God, the stuff we had back in the day was way better. This stuff doesn’t hold a candle to Britney or the boybands!”

  17. INeedANap says:

    I think she came back too quickly. Not in the sense that she left rehab too quickly (she seems very aware of her effed up actions, she may not have needed much rehab) — but in the sense that she is back in the fame game too fast.

    If she is that young and already a rehab vet, she needs time off to gain perspective and strength. I would say less like Linnocent, more like Britney.

    Also, @jo #12: wtf???

  18. Sara says:

    She looks like Elisha Cuthbert in the second photo but with dark hair!

  19. Sucker for the Corps says:

    How refreshing to hear someone admit to their mistakes and not excuse them away. I wish more people would own up to mistakes and be responsible.

  20. california angel says:

    ..maybe she should just be the popular girl in high school or college and go back to some normalcy, maybe get herself a lil apt. far away from los angeles. It just seems that no one as beautiful as her would get anywhere near as much grief as she does in hollywood, where even the most beautiful people don’t know how beautiful they are…

  21. Truthful says:

    uh…is that really her???

    I don’t know who that is.

  22. JaneWonderfalls says:

    She has always reminded me of a stuck up, spoiled bitch from day one, Whether your a drug addict or not your personality never changes. I know plenty of addicts who would never dare hit anyone under any circumstances, because that’s not in them. I don’t buy that she is all changed since one stint in rehab.

  23. Kelly says:

    I don’t know a damn thing about her, besides the fact that I probably wouldn’t appreciate her oeuvre, LOL. But the photos are pretty great. Man, that Photoshop is really something- it can transform a troubled but otherwise boring Disney girl into a moody, well-dressed woman of the world!

  24. jemshoes says:

    I really hope this is Demi telling us what she knows and believes, and not just what she thinks we want to hear. I really wish her the best (and this includes staying away from predator types in the boyfriend department).

  25. Melancholy says:

    Such a beautiful girl. Looks a bit like Elisha Cuthbert only dark haired.

  26. :-Poison says:

    @katija n hanna i cud not agree more!disney should b stopped i mean lik seriously!all the talentles ppl on now just gimme a hedache!
    Demi get over yourself!

  27. :-Poison says:

    N did any1 eva tell her that joe maybe ended things cos he was thinkin “this bitch is crazy!”?
    I’m nt a huge demi fan anymore and i think she should realize..no1 cares

  28. samab says:

    wow she has been totally decheesyfied and she looks more like a real woman to be than the overtanned and super made up that she usually looks.

    • nikki says:

      I do, its only u that dnt care, and maybe sum others…if u didn’t u wouldn’t b on here, so everyone that dnt care should get a life and stop worrying bout hers!! 🙂

    • @ poison says:

      Maybe u came from a perfect home, but everybody deals with their problems differently, i use to b like her, she’s not crazy, u just dnt understand, how can u judge her? U R NOT IN HER SHOES SO U HAVE NO BUSINESS FLAPPING YOUR GUMS. GET A LIFE U PIECE OF S**t lol

  29. Erinn says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t feel like she regrets any of this business with the friend? She said she was out of line while on tour, but then she said “”I just felt like she’d betrayed me,” Lovato says. “That’s the bottom line.””

    To me that sounds like she’s justifying what she did. She betrayed me, so I punched her.


    ““When you punch someone on a plane, enough is enough,” she ways. “Right after, I texted my mom and just said, ‘I’m sorry.’””

    To me that sounds like she texted her mother saying that she’s sorry for acting like that. Might just be the way that it was written, I guess.

    To me, it sounds like she just has some good handlers now, telling her how to act, and to be semi-apologetic. Which, I guess, is good that she’s bothering to apologize, but to me it doesn’t sound sincere.

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  31. Ulyana says:

    Demi, tell to me please when there is 3 season “give Sanni chance”.

  32. Ulyana says:

    Demi, tell please when there is 3 season ” Sonny with a chance”.

  33. nikki says:

    I love that song skyscraper, shows her real and raw, she’s human too, everybody makes mistakes, NOBODY IS PERFECT!!!!!! Who cares she punched her n her face, life goes on,

  34. maggie says:

    @nikki…..i agree!!!!! and if i punched siomeone in the face people wouldnty start hateing me and the whole cutting thing, not saying that i do or anything but people wouldnt start talking about it and makeing a big deal they would stand by me and help me come over it and thats like miley cyrus people everywhere are hating her because she smoked pot im sure 50% teens in the world smoke pot and that hole penis cake thing i thought it was pretty damn funny:b