Demi Lovato has had a spiritual awakening that she’ll remember forever.
The “Confident” singer, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share the meaning behind the large back tattoo she had inked in December, ahead of her emotional musical comeback at the Grammys last month.
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I recently went dark on social media in preparation for my Grammy and Super Bowl performances but while I was off socials I got this incredibly meaningful tattoo done by @alessandro_capozzi. Getting tatted by him was an experience I’ve never had before.. no idea what I was going to get done, I told him about my life and where I was at in that moment and we created a combination on images that best symbolized the spiritual awakening I was having. Having a fallen angel being lifted by 3, pure, angelic doves (the Holy trinity) as her inner light is being guided by a higher consciousness, and the disintegration of her dark wings was representing the darkness I was shedding. Alessandro – you are extremely talented and I can’t wait for more!! Thank you for this special experience.. the only bummer is I can’t physically see this amazing artwork because it’s on my back! Haha. Also shout out to @scooterbraun for introducing us! 🖤🕊💉 ps. I still can’t believe how life like this looks and it healed amazing as well 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Lovato revealed that she initially wasn’t sure what design she wanted, but after explaining her life and her state of mind to tattoo artist Alessandro Capozzi, the two “created a combination on images that best symbolized the spiritual awakening [she] was having.”
The large image — which sits between the star’s shoulder blades and next to a simple tattoo that reads “warrior” — depicts “a fallen angel being lifted by 3, pure, angelic doves (the Holy trinity) as her inner light is being guided by a higher consciousness, and the disintegration of her dark wings was representing the darkness I was shedding,” Lovato wrote in the caption.
The “darkness” Lovato is referring to is likely her 2018 drug overdose and past struggles with mental health, eating disorders and substance addiction. She went to rehab for 90 days after a stint in the hospital and “went dark” on social media in the months leading up to her Grammy performance.
Capozzi previously gave his own, very similar explanation: “The dark wings represent the bad times, their fading away is how she moved forward. The light from within represents the inner strength necessary for the change and the doves, pulling her up, symbolize the reach of an higher state of consciousness.”
In January, Lovato debuted a brand-new song, “Anyone,” at the Grammys in her first performance since her 2018 overdose. The song, which Lovato secretly wrote just before her overdose, includes lyrics like, “I tried to talk to my piano / I tried to talk to my guitar / Talk to my imagination / Confided into alcohol / I tried and tried and tried some more / Told secrets ’til my voice was sore / Tired of empty conversation / ‘Cause no one hears me anymore.”
Selena Gomez, a former childhood friend of Lovato’s since they both appeared on “Barney” and Disney, gushed about the singer’s powerful performance. “I wish there were words to describe how beautiful, inspirational and DESERVED this moment was. Demi I’m so happy for you. Thank you for your courage and bravery,” Gomez shared on her Instagram story.
On Feb. 2, Lovato went on to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami and announced that she will be releasing an album in 2020.