As it turns out, Demi Lovato has quite a bit in common with her Smurfs: The Lost Village character, Smurfette – and not necessarily in any way you’d expect.

In a recent interview with Mamamia, the singer and actress revealed that at the start of her career, she only had male friends, in part because she made a conscious effort to surround herself with men instead of women.

“In my work environment, I used to only surround myself with men,” she said.

After a while Demi began to reevaluate why she was actively keeping women out of her life, and became resolved to change her way of thinking.

“Now I’ve made it a point to surround myself with strong women and it’s really made a difference in my life,” she continued.

“I had to make changes in my life to surround myself with influences and people that I could relate to. I’m really grateful that I did.”

Demi Lovato