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She recorded the song days before her overdose.
January 27, 2020
Lovato spoke to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s New Music Daily program about what performing the song at the Grammys meant to her.
“This song was written and recorded actually very shortly before everything happened,” Lovato said.”So I recorded the vocals for it four days before [the overdose]…The lyrics took on a totally different meaning…You kind of listen back to it and you think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, ‘Let’s help this girl.’ I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was okay, but clearly I wasn’t. And I even listened back to it and I’m like, ‘Gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself.’
“I feel like I was in denial, but then a part of me definitely knew what I was singing for,” she continued.”I was singing this song and I didn’t even realize that the lyrics were so heavy and emotional until after the fact. And that’s what kind of brings us to this moment is, I remember being in the hospital and listening to the song and it was about a week after I had been in the hospital and I was finally awake, and I just remember hearing back the songs I had just recorded and thinking, ‘If there’s ever a moment where I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song.'”
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).
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