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Demi Lovato Talks Scars And Second Chances

Demi Lovato

First Posted: 12/02/11 04:41 PM ET Updated: 12/05/11 12:39 PM ET

It's been a long year, but a good year for Demi Lovato.

In January she left rehab after three months of treatment for bulimia, anorexia and cutting. She returned to Hollywood healthier, and decided to leave her role the titular character on Disney's "Sonny With A Chance."

Lovato then channeled her struggles in a her hit album, "Unbroken," which was released in September. As she prepares herself for her world tour this winter, Glamour magazine caught up with the pop star to find out how this last year has changed her.

"I think scars are like battle wounds -- beautiful, in a way. They show what you've been through and how strong you are for coming out of it," she told the magazine. "My tattoo's say, 'Stay Strong.' 'Stay' on one [wrist] and 'strong' on the other. Now I'm able to look at them and be thankful for being alive. I think that I've been blessed over the past year to be able to start over."

On her newest album, Lovato gets deeply personal with lyrics that have prompted some questions. When asked about her song "For the Love of a Daughter," the magazine specifically asks if she's talking about childhood abuse with the line, "You selfish hands always expecting more."

Lovato dismisses the thought, telling the magazine that people read too much into that line. "I don't think people need to be that literal," she said. "I think that could just be, like, a financial thing."

Though Lovato had largely been estranged from her father since her parents divorce in 1994, Patrick Lovato still came forward to tell the press about his daughter's issues, blaming Hollywood. Last month, her father contacted the press again, in what he says was a desperate attempt to get her to contact him.

The magazine also wanted Lovato, who was recently spotted making out with actor Wilmer Valderrama, to explain another line in her lyrics, asking if she believed that, "You can never really fix a broken heart."

"I think every time you get your heart broken, there's a little piece of it that chips away, and I don't think you ever get that piece back," she explained. "But I think you're able to bandage it with time and with new people and other things that make you happy."

For more, click over to Glamour.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referred to Lovato's album as "Unbreakable," it has been changed to reflect the correct album title.

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Filed by Stephanie Marcus  |