It’s been a rough ten days for Lovatics and Demi’s loved ones. Almost a month after the release of her song “Sober” where she admits to relapsing, Demi was rushed to the hospital due to a drug overdose. She still remains in the hospital due to complications but plans of heading to rehab right after.
If you search “Demi Lovato” on twitter, you will find millions of fans supporting her, but you will also find hate. People are saying she’s a bad role model.
But she’s not.
As a lovatic and mental health advocate, I have so much respect for Demi. She’s such a good person and we have so much in common. She’s a mental health advocate as well and has put in tons of work towards changing the mental health system, raising awareness, and helping her fans by promoting a positive, healthy way of living and giving them the gift of her music.
She’s not a perfect role model. And she has made some mistakes recently. However, her recent mistakes shouldn’t discredit her or change the way we think about her, especially since her addiction isn’t her fault.
“I wanna be a role model. But I’m only human.” – Sober by Demi Lovato
She admitted a long time ago that she has a drug and alcohol addiction. What professionals and advocates know is that addiction isn’t a choice and relapse can happen at any time. We can’t blame Demi for having an illness.
She has apologized and knows she needs help, which is more than most of us can do.
I’m still proud to call her my role model.
I think some people don’t understand what having a role model means. Having Demi as a role model does not mean I’m going to copy everything she does. I’m not going to relapse just because she did (Don’t worry mom!). Looking up to Demi means that if I do fall, I’m going to apologize and get extra help.
She’s a smart woman. I know she’s going to make the right decision and get help (even if it’s not right away). I have faith in her. But I also know that if I have to drop her, like all her other loved ones plan to do if she doesn’t get help, then I guess I’ll have to, but that’ll be the right decision.
I also see people on twitter asking why we support Demi but judge other drug users. I personally would never judge any addict, but I support Demi more because she’s Demi. I love her and I feel like I know her. She’s not like every other addict. Deep down, she knows what’s right and what’s wrong. She tries her hardest. There’s so much more to her life than drugs and alcohol. And like most artists these days, she doesn’t promote drug and alcohol use in her songs or in life.
I’m making bracelets and keychains to support Demi. If you would like one, they’re free and I will be accepting orders until August 5 at 11:59 PM EST. Click here to fill out an order form.
Click here to read a related blog post I wrote in June titled “Things People Can Learn From Demi Lovato’s Relapse”