Demi Lovato's latest album title, "Confident," truly reflects how she's feeling.
The 23-year-old has taken some heat for her increasingly sexier wardrobe, but Demi says she's merely practicing what she's now preaching.
"I've never felt as confident in my skin as I do today. A year ago, on tour, almost every inch of my body was covered by clothing, and it was because I was hiding behind so many layers," Demi told Allure for their latest issue.
"Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin. I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes," she continued. "It's also a statement, like, 'Hey, watch out. You're no longer getting the insecure Demi that you've been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now.'"
The "Cool for the Summer" singer admitted receiving "some hate" for showing more skin and "talking about it," but she's brushing off the negativity.
"It's like, what's wrong with being confident enough to wear this?" she told the mag, quoting a lyric from her song, "Confident."
While she's made admirable strides in overcoming her insecurities, Demi (is human and) still has her down days.
She credited longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and best friend Marissa with helping her rise back up.
"Wilmer is that person. Sometimes I'll isolate a little bit. I won't reply to people's text messages, or I'll just distance myself from everyone unintentionally, and [Marissa is] the first one to call me out on it," she explained. "It's because I'm going through something. I'm stressed or depressed."
Catch the full interview with Demi in Allure's February issue.
-- Erin O'Sullivan