Review: Demi Lovato reveals a lot in new documentary

In this Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the premiere of her documentary, "Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated" in Los Angeles.
In this Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the premiere of her documentary, “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” in Los Angeles.

You might expect a lot of glamorous footage of Demi Lovato in the new YouTube-exclusive documentary she co-produced – and you won’t be disappointed. She’s often shown in flattering light, in slow motion with perfect hair and makeup. But there’s also a lot of ugly stuff, too.

Lovato spills the beans about her years of drug abuse, her eating disorder and even the time she angrily punched one of her backup dancers in the face. She discusses being bipolar, says she’s still in love with her ex, Wilmer Valderrama, and she constantly worries about what she did or didn’t eat.

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“Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated ,” which airs on the video platform starting Tuesday, is a combination of a Barbara Walters special and an infomercial for Lovato’s new album. It’s a weird, sometimes uncomfortable, 78-minute fusion of artificiality and honesty, but Lovato’s charisma ultimately pulls it off.

We see her suggestively sucking her thumb while stretched out on a bed in her underwear and giving us a come-hither look in wet hair, but also hear about a cocaine bender that ended with her in a psych ward. She admits drinking so much one night she threw up on the way to a crucial performance for “American Idol,” a gig she eventually did very hung over.

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