Lovato opened up in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE about 'A Very Demi Holiday Special' and their next album
Demi Lovato is feeling particularly festive this year.
Though Lovato (who uses she/they pronouns) didn't have a "particular reason" for hosting her holiday special, she jumped at the opportunity when it presented itself.
In the hour-long special, Lovato enlists her chosen family to help her in a few holiday activities, which includes celebrity guests like the singer JoJo, model/entrepreneur Hailey Baldwin Bieber, reality star Paris Hilton, drag star Trixie Mattel and comedian Tiffany Haddish.
Lovato takes the stage with the "Too Little Too Late" singer, 32, to perform a duet, whips up special holiday cakes with Hilton, 42, makes ugly Christmas sweaters with the Girls Trip actress, 44, and dances to the Nutcracker with the Drag Race star, 34.
So, did Lovato end up enjoying one holiday activity more than the others?
"My favorite segment of the holiday special would have to be the meat cake-making with Paris Hilton," the "Confident" musician declared. "We had a really great time with our dogs, dressing them up and seeing who liked whose cake better."
Lovato was also excited to reunite with JoJo — whom they teamed up with for the remix of the "Man" performer's track "Lonely Hearts" back in 2020 — for a duet of the holiday classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Beyond Lovato's holiday special, she would love to collaborate with JoJo again in the studio.
"I think she's so extremely talented, her voice is incredible and I love singing with her," Lovato said, "so I think doing something on my next album could be really cool."
Lovato, who released their eighth studio album HOLY FVCK last year and their rock-inspired rerecordings project REVAMPED in September, happens to already be in the studio again "playing with some sounds" and working on their next album.
"I don't really know the direction of the album yet, but I've definitely been in the studio having a good time," she said. "So hopefully, I'll have new music to release next year."
However, they aren't sure which genre — rock or otherwise — will be the focus of the album and are "not putting any pressure" on the timeline of the project.
Per a press release, the film — which Lovato will co-direct with Nicola Marsh — will "deconstruct the highs and lows of growing up in the spotlight through the lens of some of the world's most famous former child stars."
Lovato, who was a child star themself, wanted to pursue this project because they "had never seen a documentary on this topic before."
"I want this to give some insight into what it's like to become a child performer, whether it's acting or through music, but in the entertainment industry because my parents didn't get that before I was a child star," they said of the project.
Lovato believes that if her parents had some "insight" at the time into child stardom, they would have understood the full scope of what they were getting involved with.
"It's also important because we're now in the digital age with TikTok, YouTube and social media where children are becoming famous for unboxing toys, and it's a new era of child stardom," they said. "So having that conversation is important as well."
Child Star also offers a "fascinating look at the history of child stars and why some child stars end up on a dark path, why some end up totally normal, why some people leave the industry, why some people stay in the industry."
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"He's from Ottawa, so he flew there last year," Lovato recalled, before adding: "This year is our first Christmas together. His mom's going to join us, so I'm excited for that."
Lovato is also looking forward to her regular holiday traditions —making s'mores, opening presents with her family on Christmas morning and enjoying French toast afterward.
Lovato, who has never released a Christmas album, is even opening themself up to the possibility.
"I think it could be really cool, so maybe next year. You never know," she said.
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