IT'S 11AM ON a Saturday and a quarter-mile-long line snakes along the parking garage of the Legacy West outdoor shopping center in Plano. Men, women and children of all shapes, backgrounds and ethnicities began lining up at 4am to not only shop Demi Lovato’s second capsule collection for Fabletics, but also get a five-second moment—which will hopefully yield their most-liked Instagram shot of the year—with the pop superstar. “I lined up for the iPhone one time,” says Lovato, “so it’s pretty cool that people would do that for me.” It’s that down-to-earth attitude and accessibility paired with a powerhouse voice that has made her one of the most famous and respected performers in the business.
In the past decade, the public has watched as Lovato graduated from being one of Disney’s sweetest princesses to a chart-topping star whose music is a reflection of her personal growth. The 25-year-old has been honest about her struggles with depression and body image, and completed rehab for emotional issues when she was 18 years old. One part of getting healthy? Exercise. So when she was working out in the gym at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City a few years ago and met Kate Hudson, it was kismet. Hudson had recently launched her newest venture, Fabletics, an affordable line of fashion-forward athleisure and workoutwear. “We met and we worked out together, and we just hit it off,” says Lovato. In this collection for Fabletics, Lovato pushed for edgy and cute clothing that could be worn in or out of the gym.
Her sixth album, Tell Me You Love Me, was released at the end of September, and 2018 will bring a tour. On the road, Lovato has a trainer who takes her through rigorous workout routines that include mixed martial arts, strength training and jiujitsu. But she doesn’t forget to be balanced. “I love Mi Cocina,” she says. “Every time I come home, I have to go for chips and queso.” Spoken like a true Texan. Lovato performs Mar. 7 at the American Airlines Center, with tickets starting at $40.