Demi Lovato says there’s one career milestones she’s hoping 2018 will bring.

“I would love for 2018 to bring a world tour,” Lovato told Arianna Huffington in a recent interview on The Thrive Global Podcast with iHeartRadio.

The Grammy nominated soul singer announced her 20 city tour with DJ Khaled last week. Lovato is hoping to add more stops to her tour to perform all around the globe. This past fall Lovato has hit many milestones in her career as her hit track “Sorry Not Sorry” became a RIAA platinum Top 40 #1, her documentary “Simply Complicated” has been viewed over nine million times and her critically acclaimed album “Tell Me You Love Me” became the no. 1 selling album on iTunes in 36 territories including the U.S.

In addition to a world tour she wants to further her work with Global Citizen, as she was named the Mental Health Ambassador for the organization earlier this season.

“I’d love to create more incredible projects and things with Global Citizen,” Lovato said. “Being able to live my dream while helping others is something that’s very important to me.”

During the interview Lovato also explained what got her back to making music after taking a year off and tweeting that the music industry might not be for her. When she received a Grammy nomination earlier this year she felt it was a sign.

“A sign from God saying don’t give up, keep going,” Lovato said.

With the success of her sixth studio album “Tell Me You Love Me” she feels closer to her fans more than ever because of the stories she’s told through her music.

“For people to just like it and accept it just means the world to me,” Lovato said. “I think I’m definitely getting more raw and vulnerable as I’m getting older…I’m not afraid to say things…now there’s no holding back.”

After sharing her drug addiction and other things from her past she’s not proud of, Lovato told Huffington that she’s come to learn from her past rather than letting it define her.

“The person I am today has been molded from my past experiences but I don’t let those past experiences determine the person that I am today,” Lovato said. “I think it comes with growth, understanding and lots of wisdom.”

As an advocate for people dealing with mental health she weighed in on Huffington’s statement that through social media people are twice as likely to develop mental illness.

“The world that we live in today it doesn’t help that there are social media sites that tell you your self worth basically through likes. I think that its important for teenagers and young people to remember that’s not what makes them beautiful,” Lovato said. “Social media doesn’t define them as people and doesn’t define their self worth.”

From her personal life Lovato notices how often she’d check her social media.

“When I’m board I reach for my phone,” she said.

Ever since taking up a hobby in nitting, it has helped her find a way to relax and do something productive to break her old habit.

While nitting is something she has taken up on that helps her cope with her diagnosis for bipolar depression she’s hoping that by staying open with her fans they can learn from her how to flourish when living with a mental illness. While she’s hoping for a world tour in 2018 continuing her work to help others in the process is just as important to her, especially those dealing with mental illness as she is.

“I want to show them that you can live life to your happiest, fullest ways,” Lovato said.

Read how Demi Lovato toured over 40 cities with CAST Centers to share her journey to sobriety.

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV.

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