Demi Lovato Talks “The X Factor,” Niall Horan and Music in ‘Teen Vogue’

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How gorgeous is this new photo of Demi Lovato from her Teen Vogue spread?

We shared some of her cover story earlier, but now we have some more excerpts from her November cover.

Teen Vogue: So, 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? 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: On working with Britney Spears: Yeah, she was one of the first concerts I ever went to. She’s incredible. She’s such an icon that I didn’t know what to expect, but I was excited to find out that she’s really sweet and funny and quirky. We have so much fun. We’re the two girls on the show, so we’re always laughing together, and we kind of have each other’s backs.

TV: The way you’re talking suggests, like, an album of back-to-back ballads. Is that what you mean? No. I love the way that Adele has carved out a path for a singer that’s very emotional, but I also love how Taylor Swift can do the same thing—she puts a lot into her songs yet they’re still very catchy. I will say that I’m tired of all the dubstep that’s on the radio right now—I think it’s going to be out in two months. I want to make something that people will listen to for a while, rather than something that’s just trendy. I feel like I’ve grown as a person, and I want my music to grow with me.

There’s no shortage of rumors about you and Niall Horan from One Direction. 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 more of Demi’s cover story here. Be sure to pick up the November issue!