Back when Demi Lovato was acting on the Disney Channel, I thought she had everything going for her. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, she was dealing with bulimia, self-harm, and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. After going through rehab, she not only got her life back on track, she rose like a skyscraper to become a bigger star than ever.
It’s rare for me to admire famous people, but I have a special place in my heart for Demi. She combines talent and glamour with a willingness to give back and help others. Here are my five favorite things about Demi Lovato:
I love that she’s so open about her struggles.
When a mega-celebrity like Demi talks (and sings) about the things she’s had to overcome, it shows other people that it’s okay to talk about this stuff. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for many years, I understand how important it is to get treatment. Every time Demi speaks out about what she has been through, she is saving lives. I am sure she has inspired thousands of people to ask for help instead of feeling ashamed, and that makes me want to give her the biggest hug ever.
I love that she has accomplished so much.
With every hit single and every sold-out show, she proves that no matter what you’re struggling with, it’s worth reaching for the stars. I got chills when I saw this video of her in front of a huge crowd at the Democratic National Convention this year. Before her performance, she said, “I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness.” I don’t know anyone who would consider Demi normal — let’s face it, she’s a superstar, and most of us aren’t — but I love that she sees herself that way.
I love that she’s so supportive of others.
In that same DNC speech, Demi talked about the wellness workshops she holds (with the help of mental health experts) before every show on the Future Now tour. At the workshops, she asks fans to turn off their phones and really listen as she and other guests talk openly about the mental health issues they’ve faced. She encourages anyone who needs help to ask for it, and the experts help connect people with local resources.
I love that she recorded a country song with Brad Paisley.
I know a lot of people hate country music, but… confession time: I like to listen to it while I’m driving. (Don’t judge!) When I heard “Without a Fight” on my favorite country radio station, I realized it’s yet another reason for me to admire Demi. As a kid, she lived in Dallas, Texas, and she’s not afraid to show off her country roots.
I love that she doesn’t take life too seriously.
Last, but not least, I love that Demi has a silly side. She recently had a smiley face tattooed on her pinky, and I bet every time she sees it, it reminds her to lighten up and laugh at herself. I also appreciate that she has “Stay Strong” tattooed on her wrists, but the smiley might be my favorite just because it’s so subtle. It’s like a private joke with herself (and anyone who follows her on Instagram, haha). I hope that every once in a while, she puts a raspberry on her pinky so it looks like the smiley face has a little hat.
Demi Lovato, I’m glad you exist. Please keep doing your thing.
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