Drop everything because for the first time in 18 months, Demi Lovato has released a new solo single. The heartfelt ballad is called “Anyone” and was written and recorded just a few days before her accidental overdose in July 2018. The 27-year-old took the Grammy stage on Sunday, January 26, and debuted the meaningful song.
She wore a white ballgown and belted out the new track as tears streamed down her face. Based on the lyrics, Demi was singing about asking for help at the time. She said that she wanted someone to be there alongside her through all the hard times.
“A hundred million stories / And a hundred million songs / I feel stupid when I sing / Nobody’s listening to me / Nobody’s listening / I talk to shooting stars / But they always get it wrong / I feel stupid when I pray / So, why am I praying anyway? / If nobody’s listening,” the lyrics read. “Anyone, please send me anyone / Lord, is there anyone? / I need someone, oh / Anyone, please send me anyone / Lord, is there anyone? / I need someone.”
Prior to her performance, Demi sat down with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s “New Music Daily” podcast on Friday, January 24. She opened up about the song and explained how it started to mean something different after everything she went through over the past year.
“The lyrics took on a totally different meaning, I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help. You listen back to it and you kind of think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, ‘Let’s help this girl.’ You know what I’m saying?” she said. “I think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was OK, but clearly I wasn’t. I 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. I was singing this song and I didn’t even realize that the lyrics were so heavy and emotional until after the fact.”
The Disney alum stepped away from the spotlight and checked herself into rehab for three months after the scary incident. Now, she’s ready for the future.
“I remember being in the hospital and listening to the song and thinking, ‘If there’s ever a moment where I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song.’ You know, a part of me was like looking towards the future because that’s what I do,” Demi revealed. “When I’m struggling or when I’m going through a rough time, I look towards the future for hope and to change my perspective on things.”
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