Demi Lovato has opened up about her complicated relationship with her late dad, Patrick Lovato.
In a YouYube clip about her emotional new ballad, “Father,” the singer reveals the true meaning behind the track.
“I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive,” she says “He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person, and he wanted to have his family. When my mom married my stepdad he still had this huge heart where he would say, ‘I’m so glad Eddie’s taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do. ”
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Demi, who struggles with bipolar disorder, goes on to reveal that her father also struggled with mental illness.
“He wasn’t capable of raising a family, and it was because of his mental illness. To know that it wasn’t fully his fault really was saddening to me, and I wanted to write about it. I wanted to process it.”