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Demi Lovato Prepares for Life Without Tonsils

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Demi Lovato is getting ready to take a little time off — and indulge in lots of ice cream — but she's not going on vacation.

After suffering from several throat-related illnesses (she recently canceled her Fourth of July performance in Philadelphia due to strep throat), the "Heart Attack" singer is finally going to have her tonsils removed late next week.

"It's not something I'm looking forward to necessarily, but I am looking forward to the time off," Lovato told omg! at an Acuvue Brand Contact Lenses event in L.A. on Tuesday. "Even if it's going to be spent in lots of pain, I'm OK."

However, the 20-year-old won't have too much time to recover because she's got to focus on promoting her new album, "Demi."

"I know that I have to go back to work like a week and a half later, so hopefully I'll be better by then!" she noted.

Among other things, Lovato's busy schedule has recently included stepping behind the lens for the first time to co-direct the music video for her new single, "Made in the USA," with photographer and director Ryan Pallotta. The video comes out July 17.

"I didn't want to be the type of artist that said they co-directed it when really they only did a few things here and there," Lovato explained. "I was really learning a lot from [Pallotta] and came up with the treatment for the video and everything, and it was my vision. I'm very proud of the way that it turned out."

While Lovato says she's really happy with the music she's making lately, she also expressed her adoration for a song that's not her own.

"I wish I would have written 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen, because it became so huge and it was so catchy," Lovato dished. "So every time I hear it, I do die a little bit inside."

Even without "Call Me Maybe," Lovato has had a pretty impressive career thus far and things are only looking up for the bright star. Despite recently facing the death of her estranged father, Patrick Lovato, the singer partnered with Cast Recovery to start The Lovato Treatment Scholarship. According to Lovato, her father suffered from such severe "mental illnesses" that he couldn't function in normal society. The scholarship that the singer created will help provide services to those with mental illness that are seeking treatment.

"When [my dad] passed away, I thought myself, 'I wish there was something I could have done,'" the starlet told E! News. "And now, because he's passed away, I felt like it was too late and then I realized, 'Actually, it's not too late.' He wasn't a bad person, I didn't have the best relationship with him and for so many years I was mad at him, but when he passed away I realized none of it was even his fault ... Whether it's rehab or in-patient, out-patient — whatever it is — I wanna be there providing that service because I didn't get the chance to do it with my dad and I wanna make it up to him now that he's looking over me."

Continuing on her philanthropic streak, Lovato appeared at the event for the Acuvue 1-Day Contest with an aspiring musician whom she had mentored for a day. The contest, which is now in its third year, gave teen winners the chance to meet and be mentored by celebrities, including Lovato, Joe Jonas, Shay Mitchell, and Dwight Howard.

Check out the cute video of their time together:

 

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