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Demi Lovato Opens Up About New Album, Celebs Who Have Her Back And Special Meaning Behind 'Made In The USA' (EXCLUSIVE)

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She's got a hit album, an addictive single and a new carnival-themed music video on the way just in time for summer. You've probably seen her face on a magazine cover or two, and when she's not "stealing" hotel pillows (or changing her hair color), you might find her brushing shoulders with Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell as a judge on "X Factor USA." Seriously, what isn't Demi Lovato doing these days?

We found out when the "Made in the USA" singer took a short break from her busy schedule to chat with HuffPost Teen about why she's proud of her new album, what her celeb BFFs mean to her and what she'd be doing if she wasn't ruling the music charts. You can also catch her in the upcoming Crazy Good Summer concert series in Philadelphia.*

Congrats on "Demi"! If you could describe this new album in three words, what would they be?

“Catchy” -- there’s a lot of really catchy songs. “Emotional” at times and overall, “fun.”

How is this album different from your last one?

Well, the songs are a lot better [laughs]. And my voice has grown. I feel like I’m more in touch with what I wanted to do as an artist and I think you can tell when you listen to the album.

You referenced your latest single "Made in the USA" in a tweet when DOMA and Prop 8 were struck down a few weeks ago. Did the song have special meaning to you that day?

Yes, I’m really glad it fit that day so well. That was such a huge day for America. It was a historic day -- especially for gay couples -- so I was really excited about that. The song, the special meaning behind it, is all about finding love in the USA. "Made in the USA" is more than just a sticker on a package. It’s love.

Your 21st birthday is coming up. Looking back, what has been your proudest accomplishment?

I think sticking my hands in cement at the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood -- that was pretty incredible for me. That was a really big accomplishment.

If you could go back in time and tell your teen-self one thing, what would it be?

That I was beautiful and didn’t need to change anything about myself.

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

I’ve been given a lot of advice. I don’t think there’s one piece of advice that I’ve been given that I can remember, but just loving yourself the way that you are is the big one for me.

If you weren't in the entertainment industry, what would you be doing instead?

I think I’d probably go to school to be a criminal psychologist, studying what goes on in people’s heads when they’re in homicide cases and crazy stuff like that. I’m addicted to crime shows, so that’s pretty much what I would do.

We love your friendship with Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas, who you've mentioned were there for you during rehab. What qualities do they have that make them such great friends?

You know, people in my life -- like Selena and Nick and Miley, even -- they’ve all been there for me during really hard times. I like to surround myself with people who understand where I am in my life and that have my best interests at heart. I feel like -- especially with Nick -- I feel like I can call him when I’m really struggling or whatever, and he’ll be there for me. It’s a really good feeling to have a friend like that.

You're really honest with your fans about what you've been through. Why do you choose to be so open with them?

I choose to be so open with them because growing up, I really didn’t know a lot about eating disorders and mental illnesses and things like that, so I really didn’t have anyone to look up to. And I want to provide that for young girls that are going through middle school and high school and whatnot, telling them that it’s OK to get help, that it’s possible to get better. You don’t have to starve yourself or throw up or do anything crazy to be accepted -- for people to love you.

[Editor's note: Pop-Tarts is partnering with Live Nation to bring the Crazy Good Summer 2013 concert series to teens nationwide*]

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