Looking Up To Demi Lovato
“Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect.” – Demi Lovato
Remembering that I deserve to be the best that I can be and also knowing that people look up to me as a role model, it gives me the fire and the fuel to continue to be strong. And try to show people that “hey there’s so much more to life whey on take care of yourself.”
When your not feeling radiant or like your best self, what do you do to kinda of pull yourself out of that rut?
Looking at yourself in the mirror and just even if it feels silly or ridiculous, like telling yourself “your beautifully, wonderfully made.” It doesn’t matter what other people think of you. Be the best version of yourself. Feel confident because you deserve to.
“I wanted to make sure I shared my story – I can either help prevent them from going through the same things that I did or help them get better.” – Demi Lovato
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Now I sit on my hands if I have to and just say “there’s nothing I ca do in this moment to change my circumstances in my life.
How did you make the decision to speak up on such a public platform?
Well that is exactly the reason why I decided to speak out on a very open platform because there’s too much stigma around mental illness and there’s not enough being done to make mental health care more accessible to people. So my goal in speaking out about mental illness is that hopefully one day we can live in a world where mental illness is talked about frequently, people are educated, they are aware of what’s going on, having compassion for one another, and also knowing what to do in order to help people as well as themselves.
When you’re at when you’re young adults or even actually when you’re older when you don’t know how to find it when I was when I was younger I was dealing with bipolar depression and it was very severe and I didn’t know what was wrong with me and that’s what I thought that there was something wrong with my little did I know that there was a chemical in balance in my brain and him and because of that I because I thought something was wrong with me I never opened up to anybody I didn’t tell them what I mean therefore it up self-medicating and coping with a very unhealthy behaviours and now I feel like I’ve gone through this journey for reason and I want to use my voice for more than just singing I want to raise the awareness of that people can’t realize that then there’s nothing wrong with that it’s just like a physical I’m gonna think it is a physical message to her brain but you know it’s just like diabetes you you have to find the right treatment for for what you have it’s a disease and you’re not broken you’re not broken and there’s nothing wrong with you you know there’s nothing to be ashamed about.
You really took it out on other people to really get out there and help the people like yourself.
To me I don’t think it does anybody any good to just hide something or cover it up or lie or whatever it’s about speaking about your issues and inspiring others to get help I can either help prevent them from going to the same things I did or help them get help.
Every year from like a huge party but over the past year and a half I’ve realize who my true friends are and I’ve learned that it’s about quality not quantity, so I’m probably gonna have a dinner for my birthday and just have my closest friends there
The journey that I’ve been on has been very very difficult over the past few months I was dealing with issues that I know not only girls just my age but of all ages are dealing with people that are probably watching this video right now are dealing with the issues I had to and I hope to one day raise awareness of everything so that I can help people to just like you guys help me through this rough time.
I can’t tell you how much light you guys brought into my life and probably the darkest time of my life without you guys I wouldn’t be here today
I wanted to let you guys know that i’m excited to get back to work I can’t wait to tell you guys what the future holds I can’t wait to see you in person and thank you guys and eventually I love you all and I could’ve done this without you.
I never imagine my life forever turn out this way I mean sure I had my hopes but I never thought that I’d be performing in front of thousands of people or surrounded by a never ending spree of unbelievably supportive fans I never thought that I would live a life like this but then one day I woke up and everything it changed.
Last year everything stopped and for the next three months I woke up in a treatment centre every day away from my family and friends I spent a lot of time and holidays thinking there thought about the sadness that I felt the pain that I was saying and the addictions that I was struggling when I got out some songs about how bad things got eventually get her something positive came out of it that I begin to work on other songs to a neighbour about the most important lesson that I learned during the three months that life is what you make of it. My like to get a change again and I to take happier healthier and stronger.
I mean have never expected the fans fans of my family and my friends it’s not making people feel positive about enjoying life and what it’s like to be me: Demi Lovato.
Plus people watching us know all of what happened already but they don’t know is what’s about to happen next.
Actually people with mental illness are actually more likely to inflict harm on themselves and become the victim rather than be the perpetrators
As I mentioned we were diagnosed at 19 album after going to rehab take me through your journey and where their songs that were missed by the people around you?
Yes I think there are tons of sizes that were missed by the people around me but I didn’t also vocalize it that’s why it’s so important that’s why am involved in this campaign for for mental health called the welcome and I think that the more that your vocal for yourself and also either is the more that people can help you that’s why it’s so important that you speak of but yes I am suffering from a bit of mania and also bipolar depression that was the main thing that really got me and I was lonely I was sad I was miserable and I couldn’t figure out why because I was on top of the world yeah I was I was struggling with it and I want to do whatever I can to help others.
I think young people but also adults as well actually takes about 10 years for someone to be properly diagnosed and find the right treatment while suffering with bipolar disorder or and I don’t know what I would love to see is comprehensive and I’ll health reform and our government and I think it’s really important that people are getting hard in that middle health treatment is more accessible than it is I think it’s actually a four out of 10 people with mental illness are getting the treatment that they need which leaves you to think how many other people aren’t getting treatment andis it sleeting till five at so many problems.
Know that you’ve also talked about your battle with the eating disorder this weekend everywhere over social media I kept seeing this beautiful photographs of the pop up and they were in your most natural state about without make up and without clothes and you said this was not just about showing your beauty but a message to empower girls
It was a message to power women and I think it’s really important that we remember that in our natural state were able to show our confidence more so than ever and I feel the most beautiful without make up and in that outfit that being said it’s not something where I just want to eat out to make a political statement or anything like that if anything I’m glad that it made a bigger statement and hopefully inspired people suffering from eating disorders because I went from a place where actually hated every single inch of my body and I never would’ve imagined that years later I would be doing a photo shoot without Photoshop without anything and it’s very liberating and I just want to inspire people.
She’s here today to talk about how she teamed up with five mental health organizations to launch an important new campaign. Thank you for being here. How exciting.
Thank you for having me.
Tell me first about the campaign a BeVocal for mental health is something that resonates with a lot of people?
Definitely. So BeVocal is a campaign that is spreading the awareness for mental health care and also on mental illnesses a vocal is something that is incredible because it provides the resources and the information that so many people need to support him on a website called BeVocalspeakup.com us so many people don’t know where to turn and that’s what made me gravitate towards the vocal so much and then relate to it because it I’ve a provides information on how you can really take action.
What made you decide like to get involved with this?
So what made me decide to get involved with us I’m I basically like I said because and because the website has only resources it’s able to provide so many fans and not only fans but people who are suffering with the resources that they need and also it gives the ways that you can take action not just spreading in your community but ways that you can actually go to audit go to government like last year I went to Capitol Hill with mental health organizations and it was a really moving experience for me because I was able to not only speak out raise awareness but really do something about it and take it to Washington.
Your life experience has also told you a lot about mental health issues right now did you take that personal experience and should’ve said OK I know what I’m talking about because, I know a lot of celebrities and everybody has a passionate issue but sometimes when it touches you personally it kind of changes the dynamic of your messages, is that how you felt?
Definitely I always wanted to give back in someway shape or form through charity and what I realized when I went through my struggles and when I went to rehab when I was 18 that I had a bigger purpose on this planet I could either shut my mouth and not be vocal fry or I could share it with the world and hopes that I would influence people on getting help themselves so that’s what I did I raise my voice and I was able to inspire a lot of people which is such an honour and also just use my voice for something bigger and better than music.
I think that there’s a lot of more pressure on younger girls now days between the social media and you see the bullying and you see some of the perceptions that magazine wants they portray them is the most beautiful creatures and sometimes have issues with their own what message would you tell the young generation those young woman today what what can you say?
The message that I tried to send out to young women today and also young men. Women are the only ones that are dealing with pressure. We always forget about the guys of all ages.
Something that we have to deal with now that I have a social media has become so in our faces in oh it’s constantly everywhere and whether it’s through Instagram where people make their lives look more glamorous than it really is right or through you know talking about people on Twitter on the bullying that sort of aspect there is a water pressure at but fortunately there are people that also stand out I’m trying to speak about how this isn’t reality how Instagram is really great and fun at the same time I am there are ways that you can take the pressure off of people, you know. For me I like to post add no make up Monday pictures right I’m in hopes that I could encourage other young women to go without make up as well.
You don’t you are a celebrity him and eat and you’ll get your life experiences I’ve told you a lot how do you balance that at the end of the day and because it’s it’s a lot of pressure being as famous as you aren’t keeping up with you know all the responsibilities that come with being a celebrity. How did you balance that?
I have been in this industry since I was about eight years old as when I first got out of my first cake and because I’ve kind of grown up and necessarily the spotlight on that working at a young age I kind of gotten used to it and learn how to adapt but at the same time and I had to learn how to take care of myself before serving others I’m artistically and also just want to set it out for me I am are used to work on believable hours and while having strep throat and bronchitis. To me now I’m able to say I need to put my health first so that I don’t run myself into the ground like I did when I was 18.
You respect yourself and I think that’s the message that’s important.
You have use your music also to portray some of those lyrics that talk about you know issues of mental health but issues of struggling with emotions I didn’t like that allow do you are you come up with that are you going to continue with those kinds of lyrics Luk you have use your Music also to portray some of those lyrics that talk about you know issues of mental health but issues of struggling with emotions and things like that. How do you; how did you come up with that? Are you going to continue with those kinds of lyrics?
The great thing about music not only personally but to vent for other people is that you relate to it through stories and through honesty about heartbreak, about happiness and anger and all these emotions that you feel you’re able till I’m able to express myself the writing music and then performing on stage it’s such a release for me that absolutely and I would hundred percent continue to share my life journey and my stories with people so they can relate to it and have it an outlet as well.
Well the inspiration behind it and I think a lot of it was the excitement of just getting back into the swing of things and getting back into music and everything and I’ve taken a lot of time off over the past year and now I’m like back in the game with vengeance and I’m ready and I’m here and I will you don’t have an unbroken which is the title of it and skyscraper is the head you said that’s the special for you because you’re single if you want to about this particular word so that’s one of the skyscraper is I was I was broken and I are so much overtime at all today cheesy but like I said happy and healthy about it and I wanted to come out a song that really kind of explains my journey rather than just coming out with dance songs that wasn’t going to say anything to my fans with this song, it inspires my fans. And I’m proud of that!
Demi opens up about her New hit song saying that it allowed her to talk about her struggles and issues she says that she’s been dealing with issues of self harm being bipolar and having an eating disorder for years and the song really helped her talk about those issues however Lovato says that that was just a teaser apparently she has even more issues she sings about on her upcoming album I’m singing about some issues that I’ve never even spoke about before so I’m going there says Lovato of her new album meanwhile Jamie has been looking great after leaving rehab last night.
As a booming career is helping girls and women across the world to stay strong take it all that’s a lesson that we could use but now healthy and on the right track is it me this is about her return from rehab saying after so long being thin it was terrifying to have your curviest been a girl I don’t deprive myself and I had a Kitcat last night representing a real girls Demi is a pillar for all women out there struggling with body confidence issues with all the pressure to be this or that Debbie stays true to who she is and doesn’t let her struggles or the boys out there bring her down selling mad I don’t think or care about them I wouldn’t change what I went through I’ve learned from it and it’s made me stronger.
Yeah. A lot of girls I’ve said that to me and honestly I can’t tell you what I can’t even like put it into words how incredible it feels to hear that
because I think it went when you’re on television and you have an obligation but to me it’s it’s nice that you can actually do you know via face for something and then for you to help young girls that are struggling with an eating disorder bulimia cutting whatever it is and then I see that you’re happy and you’re healthy and you get through it and get to the other side I think that’s important for young girls to see
I when I went into treatment I was like so hard on myself because all I wanted to be was beautiful and perfect and if you would’ve told me I guess like to years ago that I would be on this list I just I don’t think like it wouldn’t make sense to me and it’s pretty cool
we just never know oh it’s around the corner and I think that’s the most important thing with whatever you’re feeling right now however dark and deep it is you actually I know you’re scared A lot of girls think that right now is everything high schools and it isn’t that you get the new can get past that you can get to a place where things are better and I think that’s that’s what’s most important.
Never a great place where I can say that recovery is possible.
The daily meditation book and it’s help me in my recovery a lot of people ask me how do you stay strong every day and this is it it’s a meditation that I do every morning to start my day off right and the check in an emotionally and spiritually and like you say it’s a quota passage and then for the day and honestly you do with the group of people by yourself.
If you put positivity out there, positivity is what you’re gonna receive – Demi Lovato
There were times where I wasn’t the nicest kid in the world either when I was 11 or 12. None of us are perfect but what we can do is try to do good and not focus on mistakes of our past. I think that’s what I’m able to do now is really acknowledge the people that are new in my life and maybe make new friends, a circle of friends or whatever. For people at school, the new kids at school, they need love as support too so reach out to them and just you know be there for them so that they don’t feel lonely and scared like you would if you were new to a school.
As a result of my personal experience I’ve always been interested in how we beat ourselves up about our bodies I was so impressed of how a 20-year-old star like Demi Lovato has dealt with her struggle so openly and honestly.
“I am enough” ~ positive self talk given from Demi Lovato