|“||This past year has been one of the most transformative years of my life, and I’m looking forward to bringing my fans on this journey of continued growth and self-discovery in both my music and my personal experiences.||”|
— Demi on the documentary
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated is a 2017 documentary film about the life and career of American singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato, released on YouTube on October 17, 2017 in support of her sixth studio album Tell Me You Love Me. A director's cut of the documentary including 10 minutes of additional footage was later released on YouTube Premium in December 2017.
Simply Complicated chronicles both the recording of Tell Me You Love Me as well as events in Lovato's life and career that she had not previously disclosed or discussed extensively, including the beginning of her career on Disney Channel and various personal struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction. Lovato also admitted to being dishonest about the initial outcome of her recovery in a previous documentary, Stay Strong (2012), and revealed she was in fact under the influence of cocaine while being interviewed about her sobriety for that film.
Simply Complicated follows the recording of Lovato's sixth studio album Tell Me You Love Me and features appearances and commentary by several music producers, including Mitch Allan and Oak Felder. The documentary also chronicles Lovato's life and career up until 2017, including her upbringing and early career as a child star on Barney & Friends and later as a teenager on Disney Channel, as well as her first stint in rehab in 2010 for an eating disorder and emotional issues and her subsequent struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction. Lovato's mother Dianna De La Garza and sisters Dallas Lovato and Madison De La Garza also appear, discussing Lovato's talent from an early age as well as her biological father, who was abusive and suffered from alcoholism and substance abuse. The film also features appearances and commentary from Lovato's manager and life coach at the time, Phil McIntyre and Mike Bayer.
Awards and nominations
- People - Demi Lovato to Star in YouTube Documentary I Am: Demi Lovato
- Billboard - Demi Lovato Announces 'Simply Complicated' Documentary Release Date
- Elle - Demi Lovato Is Getting Her Own Documentary
- Hollywood Reporter - Cannes Lions: Demi Lovato Touts New YouTube Show 'Simply Complicated'
- YouTube - Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated - Official Documentary
- Billboard - The 10 Most Honest Confessions From Demi Lovato's 'Simply Complicated' YouTube Documentary
- Maxim - Demi Lovato Talks About Casual Sex and Cocaine Addiction in Her Revealing 'Simply Complicated'
- InStyle - Demi Lovato’s Childhood Bullies Were So Intense They Petitioned for Her Suicide
- Deadline - MTV Movie & TV Awards: ‘Black Panther’, ‘Stranger Things’ Lead Pack In Nominations
- Realscreen - Realscreen Awards reveals nominees for 2019 edition