23-year-old songstress Demi Lovato, who once famously struggled with body image and bulimia, rocked — and we do mean rocked — a halter-top bikini Thursday as she lounged by a pool in Miami Beach.
The newly single star ended a six-year romance with actor Wilmer Valderrama earlier this month, but her poolside afternoon had to do with more than attracting a new man. No, the bikini look was another sign that Lovato is feeling more at peace with her physique.
Demi soaked up the sun in Miami. (Photo: Splash News)
Once best known for co-starring in Disney’s Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers, Lovato shocked by checking into rehab in 2010 to deal with a range of health issues, including an eating disorder.
“When I was 4 years old … I remember looking in the mirror and thinking I was fat,” she said in an MTV special about her experience, Demi Lovato: Stay Strong. “I was constantly feeling guilty about my weight. I was overeating to compensate for not feeling worthy enough, and then not knowing what to do.”
She’s come a long way. Lovato now regularly shares photos of the healthy meals and tough workouts that she’s made a part of her healthier lifestyle. She posts snapshots of herself sans makeup on Instagram. In October, she famously posed for a Vanity Fair photo spread with no retouching, no makeup, and … no clothes.
Demi is proud of her bikini bod. (Photo: Splash News)
Her latest show of “Confidence” — something she feels so strongly now that she made it the name of her latest album — coincides with the release of her new single, “Body Say.” Beginning Thursday, Lovato teased the track in a series of racy photos that showed her wearing absolutely nothing.
We should probably expect to see Lovato continuing to wear less than she has in the past, whether it’s a bikini or bedsheets.
“I’ve never felt as confident in my skin as I do today,” she told Allure in January. “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. 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. 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.”
Source: Raechal Leone Shewfelt