Lovato's ballad details the hardships growing up and the passing of her father.
She finds solace knowing mental illness was to blame. "To know that it wasn’t really his fault really was saddening to me,” she continued. “I wanted to write about it. I wanted to process it, and ‘Father’ really helped me do that.”
"I was very conflicted when he passed because he was abusive. He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person."
Lovato previously told fans before the album dropped she imagines they'll be surprised by the song. “I am particularly excited for this song – for people to hear – one because I get very very honest about the passing of my dad,” she told Billboard at the time. “My fans expect me to be honest. What I think that people in general aren’t going to expect is the way that I sing the song. I kind of took it more to a soulful, gospel sound. It’s a song I think I might be most proud of on the album.”