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Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Lovato 'Best Friends'

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Demi Lovato has two new celebrity fans: Gwyneth Paltrow and Paltrow's daughter, Apple.

“You know, my new bestie,” joked Lovato on ABC's Good Morning America, as she tried a recipe from Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Good.

“We’re best friends,” Paltrow joked back.

As fate would have it, the two were on the same flight yesterday wearing identical outfits: jeans, army jackets, white t-shirts and motorcycle boots.

Lovato, 20, was the first to spot Paltrow, 40, in the airport lounge on her flight to New York City.

“I’ve seen Contagion like, 10 times, so I was like ‘Oh, God. Oh, God’,” Lovato said.  Then Paltrow walked by her, “And I dropped dead,” she said.

Turns out, Paltrow and her 8-year-old daughter, Apple, are just as big fans.

“My daughter actually introduced me to Demi’s music.  And now we’re all big fans our house.  So I asked if I could take the picture for my daughter, who is thrilled,” she said.  Paltrow posted the photo on Twitter.

“So in return, I am releasing my album on Apple’s birthday.  May 14…Happy Birthday Apple,” said Lovato.

Lovato hung out on Good Morning America while Paltrow prepared a chicken chili recipe and talked about how the healthy diet changed her life.

“I just was traveling a lot, working a lot, I wasn’t looking after myself, I was eating, you know, a lot of cheese and wine, French fries,” said Paltrow.

Paltrow’s doctor recommended she give up foods and drinks containing alcohol, caffeine and wheat after she was feeling run down and getting a lot of headaches.

“When you have young children and you’re working, you know, you never rest…It’s like you’re racing to get home. And my body sort of went kaput a little bit. Then my doctor said you really need to clean up your diet and we’ll change all this blood work and it really worked,” she said.

After eliminating all of the ingredients he suggested from her diet, she felt fantastic.

“I lost weight, I had so much energy that I thought, I’d like to make a book that’s not as restrictive as that but that’s a little bit healthier and really, really good comfort food so you don’t feel like you’re cutting anything out. You know, that makes you feel better, lose weight and have more energy.”

Paltrow’s children followed the diet as well, including her son Moses, who has a wheat allergy. Despite receiving some criticism, Paltrow suggests people open the book and judge it for themselves.

“There’s a lot of inches of column that people need to fill. So a lot of times they just try to get attention and say things that aren’t true,” she said.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Demi Lovato on Why "X Factor" Will Wow

Nino Munoz / FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- The new season of The X Factor premieres Wednesday night on Fox, with new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears joining Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the panel.

Not only is the show going to compete with The Voice for your attention this season, but it’s actually going to compete with The Voice tonight — the NBC show has scheduled an episode at the same time.

So why should you watch X Factor?  Let Lovato break it down for you.

“You really won’t expect how funny Britney is. She’s really, really funny,” Lovato tells ABC News.  “I laugh all the time at the really witty remarks that she makes.”

In addition, she promises, “Me and Simon go at it. So, it’s always interesting to see what we do to each other and it’s an unpredictable show. I think it’s going to be great.”

Lovato said that she’s thrilled to be a judge on The X Factor because she’s always been a big fan of reality singing shows in general.

“I actually watched every episode of American Idol the first season, and then I felt like nobody could top Kelly Clarkson, so I stopped watching it,” she laughs. “I’d always wanted to audition for American Idol, and I can’t believe that now, by the time I’m old enough, I’m sitting on a panel for an even better show!”

Though the newly-minted MTV VMA winner says that joining The X Factor was a “no-brainer” for her, she wasn’t prepared for one particular aspect of the show.

“The most surprising thing was how emotionally involved you get with the people auditioning,” she tells ABC News.  “You know, you root for everybody…I personally relate to the young girls that are trying to make it — you know, ages 14 to 19 or even older.  I know what it’s like to want your big break and how much it hurts when you don’t get it.  So, I think the hardest part is how emotionally involved you get and how much you want people to succeed.”

The X Factor premieres at 8 p.m. on Fox, and continues Thursday night.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Simon Cowell Says Mariah Carey May Be Too Nice on "Idol"

ABC/RON TOM(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- At the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, former American Idol judge Simon Cowell had a few words to say about the show's newest judge, Mariah Carey.

"I'm happy for her, actually, I like Mariah," Cowell said, before adding, "I think she's going to find it difficult to say no.  You know, she's sweet."  Cowell did allow, however, "I think she'll be great."

On the other hand, Cowell -- who was touting his retooled new show The X Factor with new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears -- said Spears is anything but sweet.

"Britney's quite mean, as you'll discover," Cowell said to laughs. 

Lovato took issue, saying, "I'd say she's tough...She's a sweetheart."

Cowell -- who brought along footage of Spears putting poor acts in their place -- said, "Sweet: like a lemon."

For her part, Spears says the decision to go to X Factor was a chance to do something, "really different from anything I'd ever done," as well as a way to, "give back and help people achieve their dreams."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Demi Lovato Talks Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis on "GMA"

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- It's been nearly two years since Demi Lovato had a breakdown that caused her to cancel her tour, lose her Disney Channel show and undergo treatment for then-undisclosed personal issues. Now that the 19-year-old singer has revealed she has bipolar disorder, she hopes her openness will encourage others to seek help.

"It's not about being perfect. It's about speaking about your issues and inspiring others to get help," Demi said on Friday's Good Morning America concerning why she went public with her diagnosis. "I don't think it does anybody any good to just hide something..."

The newest X Factor judge said she knew something was wrong with her when she would stay up until the wee hours of the morning, playing her guitar. "I just couldn't stop going for days on end...I'd have crazy mood swings," Lovato said. "And finally when I got diagnosed with [bipolar disorder] I was like, 'Oh cool. I'm not crazy. It's a disease.'"

The second season of The X Factor, featuring Demi and Britney Spears as new judges, debuts Wednesday, September 12 on Fox.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Fox Announces Date of Britney Spears', Demi Lovato's "X Factor" Debut

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The X Factor's new judges' panel will make its TV debut on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Fox announced on Monday that season two of Simon Cowell's singing competition will begin on that date.  He will be joined at the judges' table by the returning L.A. Reid, plus newcomers Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

The X Factor's season premiere will continue on Thursday, Sept. 13, followed by the fourth-season debut of Glee.

Fox's new drama The Mob Doctor opens its first season on Monday, Sept. 17, and the comedies Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project both premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Here is Fox's fall premiere schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 12
The X Factor

Thursday, Sept. 13

Monday, Sept. 17
The Mob Doctor

Tuesday, Sept. 25
New Girl
Ben And Kate
The Mindy Project

Friday, Sept. 28


Sunday, Sept. 30
The Simpsons
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
American Dad

Tuesday, Oct. 2
Raising Hope

Sunday, Oct. 7
The Cleveland Show

Friday, Oct. 26

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Report: Britney Spears Earning 15 Times Demi Lovato's "X Factor" Paycheck

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- It was formally announced Monday that both Britney Spears and Demi Lovato would be joining Simon Cowell as judges on the upcoming season of The X Factor.  And while much has been made about Spears' reported $15 million deal, not much is known about what Lovato would be pulling down -- until now.

TMZ is reporting that Lovato will make just over a million bucks for her work on the show -- nothing to sneeze at, for sure, but a fraction of Spears' take home, considering the comparable star wattage.

The gossip site also reports Lovato is so happy about the deal she's rearranged her tour schedule so she won't miss an episode of The X Factor.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"X Factor" Adds Britney Spears, Demi Lovato

Max Morse/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After weeks of rumor and speculation, it's official: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will be joining Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the X Factor judging panel when the show returns this fall.

"I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” Cowell said in a statement.  "Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating and I believe she knows exactly how to spot the X Factor."

As for Lovato, Cowell says, "[She's] had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age.  She's young, confident, and enthusiastic.  I think it’s really important that she speaks to our younger audience.  The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show.”

In a statement, Spears said, "I couldn't be more excited to join the X Factor judging panel.  I'm a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action.  Simon and L.A. better watch out!”  And Demi added, "To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A. and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Reports: Demi Lovato Joins "The X Factor"

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- It appears The X Factor has locked in Demi Lovato to join Britney Spears as the two newcomers to the judges' table. and E! Online are both reporting that Lovato has officially agreed to serve as a judge on the Fox singing competition, which returns in the fall.

Lovato and Spears reportedly will appear Monday at Fox's upfront presentation of its 2012-2013 schedule in New York City to make both of their signings official.

Lovato and Spears will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on The X Factor.

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Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus in the Mix to Judge "X Factor?"

Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it looks likely that Britney Spears will be joining the X Factor judging panel, but there’s still one spot up for grabs. Now, reports claim that it could be filled by Demi Lovato or Miley Cyrus.

The Hollywood Reporter said Lovato is in “final negotiations” to fill the vacant judges’ slot on the Fox singing competition, which currently features Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and -- possibly -- Spears. The trade publication said the show wanted to hire a brunette. Meanwhile, a source told that “there have been talks with Miley” about joining the show. Others on the shortlist reportedly include “Black Eyed Peas” front woman Fergie and Avril Lavigne.

As for Spears, a source told Celebuzz, “Britney’s deal is not done, it’s close, but we are not that far ahead to be making a formal announcement.” It’s rumored that Spears will cash a $15 million paycheck for her trouble.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Demi Lovato Opens Up About Depression, Hollywood Drug Scene

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LONDON) -- Demi Lovato shines on stage and on screen with a big smile and down home charm that catapulted her to stardom in her early teens, but the former Disney star’s life has recently been filled with challenges.

At 20-years-old, the singer and actress has battled depression and a stint in rehab. And in an interview with Fabulous, a British magazine, she talks about her experience with drugs and what happens behinds the scenes in Hollywood.

“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” she said in the interview. “They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there.”

While she wouldn’t give specifics about her downward spiral, she touched on how she felt.

“What I can say is that I was depressed,” she told the magazine. “I would come off stage in front of 18,000 people and suddenly be alone in a hotel room. I’d come crashing down and would try to find a way to recreate that feeling, to stay up.”

She also talked cutting herself, saying: “You do it because you feel so bad inside. You don’t know how to take it out other than on yourself.”

And Lovato, who has a history of being bullied, has also suffered an eating disorder. She told Fabulous that she isn’t over her body image issues, and said she wasn’t ready to start acting again.

“I need to be secure in my body before I go back in front of the camera,” she told Fabulous. “Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder would find that triggering, and I’m not ready.”

The story of drugs and Tinseltown’s brightest stars is not new. Many idols, especially those who were child stars, have been overcome by the destructive lifestyle.

For Lovato, an Albuquerque native, the pitfalls of such a life were too much.

“I thought I was having fun,” she said. “Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no’. That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”

In 2010, Lovato checked into Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center. In an interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts last year, she talked about the experience.

“I guess my darkest period was going into treatment for that first 48 hours and not having any communication with the outside world,” she said.

After three months of in-patient treatment away from Hollywood, Lovato learned to manage her emotions.

“I’m learning how to cope with issues, and cope with urges, and things like that, in healthy ways,” she told Roberts.

“Like, I’ve picked up knitting. I like, who would ever thought that, like, I knit on a Saturday night, like. Watching TV.  I totally do. I’m a knitter,” she said, laughing.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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