Lovato Becomes Co-Owner of LA’s CAST Mental Health & Wellness Treatment Center

Demi Lovato is CASTing her support for teh treatment of mental health in a big way…

The 24-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress, who has been quite vocal about her battle with health issues, has become a co-owner of the CAST Centers in Los Angeles, the same place where she received rehab help.

Demi Lovato

Lovato, who reveals the news in an interview for CBSSunday Morning to be broadcast September 11, was referred to the West Hollywood mental health and wellness treatment center for help with depression, bulimia and substance abuse back in 2011, after a rough period in her life.

The program worked, and she’s brought her rehab guru, Mike Bayer, the CEO of CAST, on tour with her this summer.

Why buy in? “I don’t know what it says, it just feels good,” Lovato tells Smith.

“How many 24-year-olds own their own treatment center?” says Lovato’s manager, Phil McIntyre. “But then to leverage her position in pop music to do so much good is just incredible.”

To say Lovato has come a long way since undergoing treatment at CAST would be an understatement. Indeed, CAST’s Bayer admits that when he first met the former Disney star-turned-household name, she was “very closed off.” She would also sleep a lot and express herself with one word-answers. “[She] didn’t care about anything,” Bayer said.

Lovato says she was far from a model patient. “Yeah, I was a nightmare,” she said. “I would say … the word that I want to say, but it’s so inappropriate that I can’t. And this will be on a Sunday morning, so I’m not going to say it!”

But eventually, she thrived at the facility, and now is healthy again and on tour with Nick Jonas. She also gave a moving speech this summer at the Democratic National Convention — part of her efforts to use her celebrity to help others living with mental illnesses.

“It sounds ridiculous but, like, I kind of made a pact with God,” Lovato tells CBS. “And I don’t even think you’re supposed to do that, but I was, like, I promised, ‘If you make me a singer one day, I’m going to use my voice for so much more than singing, and I’m going to help people with it.’”

Lovato credits taking responsibility for her actions, and learning how to function without “some sort of drug or with alcohol,” for getting her to this point today. “And because of that,” she said, “I’m now sitting here right now alive and more successful than I’ve ever been.”

Lovato Poses Nude, Without Makeup or Retouching, for Vanity Fair

Demi Lovato is expressing her right to bare arms and more…

The 23-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress has participated in a special nude photo shoot with Vanity Fair.

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The pictorial, not part of a pre-calculated media stint, was Lovato’s way of making a statement about confidence, as the “Cool for the Summer” singer posed without any makeup or retouching in the nude.

“I thought there was something incredible about the idea of no makeup whatsoever, no clothes and no retouching,” she said in a Vanity Fair video interview. “I would have never thought that I would have ever got to a place in my life where I would feel comfortable doing that. It’s empowering me and it shows other women that you can get to a place where you can overcome the obstacles of body image issues and you can feel comfortable and confident in your skin.”

Lovato has openly discussed her battles with eating disorders in the past, so for her to expose herself in this way holds significant personal importance.

“I basically went from hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out ways to love myself and love the skin that I’m in,” she continued. “I learned after working very hard on my spirituality and my soul and my body, I learned that you can get to a place where you love the skin that you’re in and I’m excited to share that with the world.”

The whole photo shoot came together with a sort of right-place-at-the-right-time scenario. Vanity Fair photographer Patrick Ecclesine was in New York for a piece on Phil McIntyre, C.E.O. of music talent-management firm Philymack, who has launched careers of pop stars including Nick Jonas and Lovato, who Ecclesine had shot once before.

Lovato’s great-grandfather Buddy Moore had died the day before and when she showed up they discussed her sadness. From there, it was Lovato’s idea to do the shoot right then and there at 12:30 a.m. in a New York hotel room.

It’s no coincidence, however, Lovato has a new album coming out on October 16 called Confident.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past day, it’s that life is too short,” Ecclesine recalled Lovato telling him. “I’m about to launch an album that finally represents who I truly am. How do I embrace this new chapter in my life? How do I really walk the walk? What does it mean to be confident? It means letting go, being authentic, saying I don’t give a fuck and this is who I am. I want to show the side of me that’s real, that’s liberated, that’s free. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super-sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.”

Click here to see the full Vanity Fair shoot.

Lovato & NIck Jonas Partner with Island Records to Launch Safehouse Records

Demi Lovato has found her Safe House

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress, Nick Jonas and manager Phil McIntyre have joined forces with Island Records for a new joint venture.

Demi Lovato

Safehouse Records is the home of a new artist-centric label that will not only see the release of Lovato’s next album — her fifth studio effort, which will arrive via a creative partnership between Safehouse, Island and her current label, Disney-owned Hollywood Records — but also new signings in the near future.

“I’ve worked closely with both Nick and Phil for years and we share the same point of view when it comes to making music,” said of her part-ownership in Safehouse, “It’s incredibly exciting to be part of this new company where I’m in control of all aspects of my career. I can’t wait to share what we’re working on!”

Label co-founders Jonas and McIntye add that teaming up with Island means “access to the best marketing and promotion available.”

In an interview with Billboard, Island Records CEO and president David Massey explained that his relationship with McIntyre goes back 10 years and that he’s been impressed with McIntyre’s “career objectives and work ethic.” Ultimately, when talk of a label began about a year ago, Massey added, “I really liked the culture he wanted to create: a small label that’s highly focused and very artist-driven as opposed to something that would have to be able to grow exponentially.”

Jonas is currently signed to Island where his self-titled debut has yielded two hit singles, “Jealous” and “Chains.”

Disney Music Group‘s current Hollywood Records roster features acts in a variety of genres, including Grace PotterBea MillerSabrina CarpenterR5 and Breaking Benjamin.

Lovato to Release New Album in 2015

Demi Lovato will be returning with new music in the coming year…

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer, actress and former The X Factor judge singer is expected to release a new album in 2015 via her longtime label Hollywood Records.

Demi Lovato

Lovato has spent most of this year on the road in support of her fourth studio album, Demi, which was released in 2013 and has registered three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. But now that her latest North American tour is wrapping up, she’s ready to return to the studio.

“She’s finishing up right now on the last leg of her touring for this year, and we finish it up with a couple of radio shows,” Lovato’s manager Phil McIntyre told Billboard last week. “Then the plan is for her to go back into the studio and start the next creative process. She’s already done some songs, but certainly the majority of it will kick off next year.”

Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt adds, “We’re really excited. We’ve got a new album coming from her next year. We’re not talking about release dates yet. And she’s going to continue her world tour throughout next year.”

Demi, released in May 2013, an featured the hits “Heart Attack,” “Really Don’t Care” with Cher Lloyd and “Neon Lights.” It has sold 426,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Following the album’s release, Lovato returned as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor, then set off on two arena tours in 2014 — the Neon Lights tour last spring and the Demi World Tour this fall. Lovato’s Neon Lights tour grossed $8.6 million over the 21 dates reported to Billboard Boxscore.

“I think she’s one of the handful of the music stars in the industry right now,” Bunt says of Lovato. “There’s not a lot of people who could go do two arena tours [in one year] anymore, and she’s one of them. There were three hits off of this record, and when she plays, there’s plenty of hits now.”

Following Monday’s performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Lovato will set off on a short European run, beginning in Istanbul on Nov. 16.