Demi Lovato Opens Up About Being Single and the Powerful Meaning Behind Her Newest Tattoo

Demi Lovato is enjoying the single life for a variety of reasons, she told Ellen DeGeneres in a March 5 interview. She admits that she tried out dating apps but ultimately decided she needs to spend more time with herself — and she’s totally good with that.

Demi Lovato performs the National Anthem onstage during Super Bowl LIV
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She’s crushing on Rihanna

DeGeneres brought up the last time Lovato was on the show and played a game of ‘Who’d You Rather,’ in which she chose Rihanna as her ultimate outcome. Unfortunately, the “Diamonds” singer hasn’t called Lovato as a result of the segment, something the singer is okay with.

“It’s okay, I don’t take offense, she is Rihanna,” Lovato shared. “Look, I just wanna make out, okay? I mean, we could do a song together too. Maybe we make out in the video. I don’t know.”

Is Lovato dating anyone?

That line of discussion lead the talk show host to ask about Lovato’s dating life, wondering if she’s on any dating apps. “I was on dating apps for a while but as I’ve spent some time with myself over the past couple of months, I realized that, like, I am the type of person that will find any way to regulate when I’m sad or lonely or whatever,” the singer noted.

“I have to, like, fight those battles on my own and I can’t let somebody come in and fix those issues for me,” she continued. “So, right now I’m single and spending my Saturday nights by myself. Laughing. Taking baths.”

Lovato also shared the powerful meaning behind one of her newest tattoos. She has the word “ME” inked on her finger and, on her back, a very symbolic tattoo that addresses her spirituality.

“It is, basically like, it’s an angel. Her dark wings are disintegrating,” Lovato expained. “She’s being lifted up, guided by her inner light by three doves. I have grown a lot spirituality. Like, I started going to church and I just re-found my relationship with God. So that to me was representative of The Holy Trinity.”

Lovato discussed her relapse and eating disorder

During the interview, Lovato also shared some of what she’s been through with an eating disorder and addiction.

“Ultimately, I made the decision that got me to where I am today,” she explained. “It was my actions that put me in the position that I’m in. I think it’s important that I sit here on this stage and tell you at home, or you in the audience or you right here that if you do go through this, you yourself can get through it.”

She continued: “You can get to the other side, and it may be bumpy, but you are a 10 out of 10. Don’t forget it. As long as you take the responsibility, you can move past it and learn to love yourself the way you deserve to be loved.”

How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.