Demi’s “Unbroken” Explores Personal Struggles

Hayley Fredenburgh, Staff Writer

This past September, Demi Lovato broke out with a breathtaking new album about her struggles with starvation and self-mutilation. The cause of her depression was because she was bullied as a child. During her tour with the Jonas Brothers in December she decided to seek medical attention.

“I basically had a nervous breakdown. I was really bad off. My parents and my manager pulled me aside and said, ‘You need some help.’ It was an intervention.
“I was bullied in middle school. People say sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true. Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten,” the former Disney star told Seventeen Magazine.

My favorite songs on this album would have to be “Fix a Heart” and “For the love of a Daughter.”

“Fix a Heart” is all about Lovato’s struggles with cutting and heartbreak. “For the Love of a Daughter” is about Lovato’s dad and her mom divorcing as a child and him being an alcoholic.

I do not like some of her songs on the new album because she’s trying to be like other artists.

The reason I liked her music was because she was not mainstream and she had a different voice than other artists.

Her new album shows how much help she got and how much she has changed. Her album is definitely a new sound for Lovato. It’s a mix of Keri Hilson and Rihanna, but she still has some old sounds in her album, like “Lightweight” and “Unbroken.”

She has many tracks featuring guest artists on her album, like Dev, Iyaz, Jason Derulo, Timbaland, and Missy Elliot. Demi also told Seventeen Magazine about being back in the studio.

“I love being back in the studio! It’s been very therapeutic to be able to express my feelings and talk about who I really am, through my music. It also helps that I’ve been lucky enough to work with such talented people on the record so far! With my new album, I’m hoping to provide inspiration for girls everywhere who are going through the same issues I’ve faced. I think this will come through in a lot of the material. My first single is really special to me— to me it symbolizes my journey from the person I was to the happy healthy person I am today, and the fact that people are able to rise above anything, despite the odds. I’m so excited to share all of this with you guys! The experience has been amazing so far and I’m really enjoying the whole process. There are definitely a lot of emotions that go into making an album. I feel blessed, inspired, and nervous with anticipation, but mostly, I feel excited about the future, and about sharing this new record with my fans!”

Her album is not what I expected. She is a strong human being and she should be a role model to many young girls because she’s not afraid to show she’s made mistakes. Eating disorders strike teenage girls around the world, and Lovato has become a positve role model to girls in need. This album shows Demi has grown stronger as an artist and as a person. Sometimes good things come out of struggle.

The number for the National Eating Disorders Association is 1-800-931-2237, and the number for the National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-784-2433.