Lovato’s ballad details the hardships growing up and the passing of her father.

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Song "Father"

Demi Lovato is opening up further regarding the emotional “Confident” cut.

The new song “Father” was a creative outlet for Demi to pour her heartache and hardships she experienced growing up with an abusive, mentally ill father into.

Lovato posted a behind-the-scenes clip today (Oct. 20) detailing the song, saying: “He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he said, ‘I’m so glad that he’s taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do.'”

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.”

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