Demi Lovato on Niall Horan, therapy and putting recovery first in Teen Vogue

demi-lovato-niall-horan-teen-vogue.jpg Demi Lovato is just 20 years old, but she's already topping the music charts and mentoring singers on "The X Factor." She tells Teen Vogue that it's a bit unbelievable at times.

"The amount of success that I've had, even just in the last six months, is incredible to me," Demi says.

Teen Vogue: Did you hesitate at all when Simon offered you the chance to join The X Factor? Or were you just totally psyched to do it?

Lovato: It was a no-brainer! Right before I got the offer, I'd been sitting in a meeting feeling really discouraged [about my career], wishing I was further along. And I decided that I needed to stop thinking about what I wished I had and start thinking about what I was going to have. I was ready to do something new, and I wanted to put that out there, in the universe . . . and then he called, literally, a week and a half later.

TV: You're a little young to be a mentor. What kind of advice are you going to give your team?

DL: There's so much more to it than just being a talented singer. I'm going to help them mentally prepare for everything that's coming--like, all these things that have happened to me recently, I really attribute them, in part, to the work that I've been doing on myself. The second that I became more centered and aware of who I am, my performances got better, and I was better able to relate to people. For a long time, I was pretending to be someone that I wasn't, and I was miserable. When I came out and said, "I'm human, I've got problems, but I'm willing to share them," that's when I started to really connect. I've just begun working on my fourth album, and I want to do that in my music too. I'm tired of songs that don't have much emotion in them.

TV: Two years ago, you left a tour and checked yourself into rehab. What are you doing now to ensure that you stay healthy?

DL: Obviously, I sleep, eat right, exercise, and meditate. And even when I'm filming or touring, I keep up my daily routine. I know that I can't miss my therapy appointments or things will get a little rocky, so I always put my recovery first.

TV: And yet you've still got some friends in the business. For example, there's no shortage of rumors about you and Niall Horan from One Direction.

DL: He's a really awesome, sweet guy. But he's not my boyfriend.... I'm in a place right now where I really need to focus on myself. Obviously, I'm still going to like people--or love them--but I need to not be in a relationship for a while because I need to be okay with being alone, first. I'm really happy right now. I never thought it was possible to be happy because of how depressed I was my entire life. But I feel so incredible. It's like I'm living in a dream.

Read the full interview here. Teen Vogue is on newsstands now.
Photo/Video credit: Jason Kibbler, Teen Vogue