The Skyscraper singer – who was admitted to a treatment facility for three months in November 2010 to receive help for an eating disorder and self-harming – explained she had hearts inked on her arms in homage to her army of followers who supported her during her time in rehab.
She said: “I got ‘Stay’ and ‘Strong’ tattoos on my wrists, and these actually were really meaningful to me. My fans constantly said it the entire time I was in treatment… and while they said it they would also put a little heart.
She also has a signature heart tattoo.”So my fans would draw it on their wrists every day until I came out of treatment. And I thought, ‘What better way to thank them?’
Demi Lovato’s moving MTV documentary, “Stay Strong,” was named after her two wrist tattoos, which pay homage to the mantra her fans would tell her while Lovato was in treatment.
“I have about nine or ten tattoos. “So, I have a lot of tattoos. The very first tattoo I got, I was sixteen. And I got ‘You make me beautiful’ on my ribs,’ she explains about the lyrics from the Bethany Dillon song “Beautiful.” “It’s one of my favorite songs ever and I got it because I was dealing with self-image issues.”
Her second tattoo, a feather behind her ear. “I got it a Warped Tour on a tour bus, and that just was stupid.” And that’s not the only tattoo she got on a bus at Warped Tour. Another year, she got a tattoo of a kiss mark on her wrist. “It’s my friend Heidi’s lips,” Lovato explained.
“And then I have feathers down my ribs,” she said of another set of tattoos. “I have a cross on my hand and then I have ‘peace’ and ‘rock’n'roll’ on my fingers. My dad doesn’t know, but he’ll find out now.”
The tattoo on her right arm reads “faith.” “It’s a matching tattoo with one of my friends I met in treatment. I didn’t think I was going to come out of treatment with a new best friend, but I did and obviously I believe in faith. Faith has gotten me to where I am today.”