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Super Bowl anthem singer turned to faith to overcome challenges

Singer Demi Lovato, who will sing the national anthem before Sunday’s Super Bowl, recently said her relationship with God has allowed her to overcome personal challenges, including a near-fatal drug overdose, according to CBN News.

During an interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1, the 27-year-old said that when she is struggling, she leans on her faith in God for hope.

“When I’m going through a rough time, I look toward the future for hope to change my perspective on things,” she said. “When I go through something difficult, I stop and I think, `Why is God putting me through this? Sometimes it doesn’t make sense in that moment.”

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Lovato revealed that her new song, “Anyone,” was written and recorded just before her drug overdose in July 2018. The song details how Lovato felt at the time, confessing that the “lyrics were a cry for help.” The song tells a sad story about her emotional journey with substance abuse and loneliness.

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She performed the song at the 2020 Grammy Awards last Sunday. It was her first public performance in two years. Lovato was moved to tears during the performance and had to restart just seconds into the song. She received a standing ovation from the Los Angeles Staples Center audience at the end.

The singer is still healing from her past experiences but has shared that she has found peace attending church and through spending time with her family.

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“I tried to seek God through other experiences, whether that’s through other relationships or substances,” Lovato said. “I had to realize that the God that I’m seeking, the God that I love and the God that I want to be my God is available 24/7, always at an arm’s length and constantly with me. I need to focus on myself and my relationship with myself and my relationship with God.”

After being baptized in the Jordan River last fall, Lovato said she felt a closer connection to God. “Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life,” she said.

This is the first time for the singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice