If you know Demi Lovato, unless you’re a Lovatic, you probably only know her as a singer and actress. She is amazingly talented. She has an amazing voice (she sings me to sleep at night haha). She’s amazing live. Her vocals, dance moves and stage presence are incredible. You wouldn’t be disappointed. But there’s a part of Demi that not everyone knows about. Behind all that talent is an amazing person.
Demi has been through a lot. I’m not going to go into much detail because it’s not my story to tell. But she has suffered with depression, eating disorders, and addictions. She went to a treatment centre in 2010, where she was diagnosed with bipolar. When she got out of the treatment centre, instead of hiding everything, she came out and told us her story. You can find it on YouTube if you want to learn more. She knew that by sharing her story, she would help someone. She has helped thousands of people. She has saved lives, by encouraging people to save their own lives because they are worth it. She has encouraged people to stay strong, to get help, and to love themselves. She always says no matter how many times she has told her story or told a speech, and how tired she is of telling it, she will keep telling it because she knows there’s people who need to hear it again, or hasn’t heard it at all.
For me, and millions of fans, she has changed our lives with her story and her encouragements/love. She inspires me. I’m not going to say she has saved my life because that sounds cliché and she, in fact, didn’t save my life, I saved my own life. But she has been there to guide me. Her words and music make me stronger when I am down. Her words and music makes me feel like she believes in me. That there is hope. To not give up. That I can get better. She encourages me to ask for help and to stop bad behaviours before it’s too late. She talks/sings me through rough times. Her music has helped me though many anxiety attacks and depressive episodes. When she speaks, I feel like she’s speaking right to me. During the times where I have nobody with me, she’s my somebody. And I speak for millions of other fans when I say that.
“And if there’s anyone out here tonight that doesn’t feel beautiful enough, or doesn’t feel worthy enough… You’re wrong. Because you guys are all so incredible. And if you’re dealing with any of the issues that I’ve dealt with, don’t be afraid to speak up, because someone will be there for you. And if you think, you’re alone, put on my music, because I’m going to be there for you.” – Demi Lovato
She shows us that it is possible to live a happy and healthy life, even with a mental illness. But is also honest with us when she’s having a bad day. She lets us know that being happy and healthy doesn’t mean we can’t have bad days, or even a period of time. That relapse is ok, as long as we get back up. That it’s ok not to be strong all the time. She is honest about having a mental illness; she definitely knows it’s not easy so she doesn’t sugar coat it. But she does give us hope when she shows us that it is possible to be happy and love life most or some of the time.
She is confident; but other days she’s not. She shows off her body. She doesn’t let the haters get to her; she either showers them with love, just to annoy them, or just isn’t afraid to tell them off. She stands up for herself, her family, her fans, and issues regarding mental illness and human rights. She’s hilarious. She’s so not afraid to be weird. She’s not afraid to show off her weird, goofy self. She’s not afraid to swear. She’s so real. She makes me laugh all the time and sometimes leaves me with a weird look on my face (in a good way). But she’s just being Demi.
“You’re like an elephant trying to skydive, with a parachute, indoors.” – Demi Lovato
Outside of her stardom and goofiness, she is also a serious mental health advocate. She attends and speaks at conferences to help make people understand the seriousness of a mental illness, raise awareness and fight the stigma. She speaks for the people who need care but don’t have access to it. She created “the Lovato Scholarship” to help raise money for those who can’t afford treatment. Seeing that she makes an impact on people’s lives, and how words can do so much, has inspired me to become a mental health advocate too.
She also strives to live a healthy lifestyle, and encourages people to do the same. She works out every day. She has a healthy, balanced diet. She makes sure she eats enough every day so she doesn’t fall back into her eating disorder. For all we know, she doesn’t drink, which helps encourage me to not drink. She spent her 21st birthday if Africa, instead of having a big, wild party with friends. She doesn’t party like she used to. She surrounds herself with very supportive and positive friends and family. She has a management team and label doesn’t pressure her to do anything and knows her mental health comes before anything in her career. Everyone on her team looks out for Demi, the person and not just the singer. She lets go of negative people. She knows her limits and doesn’t try to push herself too hard. She knows how to say no if it gets to be too much and she takes time off if she needs to. She has taught me to set limits for myself. She has showed me that nothing bad will happen to me if I say no. And that I have to take care of me first. That it’s not selfish if I do.
She interacts with her fans whenever she can. She has a twitter account where she posts updates about her life, showers us with love, posts funny things. She teases us and gives us hints about what’s coming up career-wise. But then doesn’t tell us for another month. Then laughs at us. But I love it because it just shows that she loves jokingly annoying us and connecting with us. Because if she didn’t care, she wouldn’t bother right? She keeps up with face to face communication by posting videos of her saying she loves us, revealing news, or just being her crazy self. She also does live chats once in a while and answers questions from fans.
Demi has meet and greets at every concert for the fans who want a personal moment with her. It is a chance to have a true connection with her. A chance to hug each other and thank each other and have a picture taken with her. It was really a life changing moment when I met her. I made a promise to her to stay strong and never give up. She is so sweet. She is probably one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever met and I only had 30-60 seconds with her. I really felt a special connection when I wrapped my pinky around hers and when she wrapped her arms around me. For that moment, it was just about us. And I’m sure everyone else who has met her feels the same way.
She’s tries her best to connect with fans at her concerts too. She talks to us and interacts with us in between songs. She jokes around on stage. She dedicates songs to us. She makes sure she makes us feel loved. She makes sure we’re having a fun time. She also makes sure that she takes the time to remind us that if we are going through something that there is hope and it can get better. That we are worth it and she believes in us. She also tells us in the beginning of each concert that she hopes she can make us forget about whatever issues we have and have fun for the night.
Demi wants to be known for her talent as well because well, it is her career and initially what she wants to be known for. Her talent is definitely something I do not want to leave out of this. It is amazing and I don’t think she gets the recognition that she deserves. I remember being amazed by her voice when Camp Rock first came out. Her vocals are even stronger now. It hurts my throat when I try to hit her notes hahaha. Her voice and the lyrics in her songs are so full of emotion and strength. You can actually hear the emotion in her voice. She has a good variety of different types of songs. They are very well written. The lyrics in her songs tell a story. She is amazing live. She puts on a really good show. She definitely knows how to wow an audience. She uses just the right amount of lighting and special effects. She sings old and new songs. Her dance moves are incredible. The girl can move. Her vocals are just unbelievable. I’m always amazed at her concerts. I’m always amazed at her music. I’m just amazed at everything she does. The girl just keeps getting better and better. I’m excited to see what else she has in store for us. And excited to grow up with her.
I thought it’d be cool if I got some quotes from other fans, instead of just using my words. I asked members of her club to give me a quote. Here are their responses:
“Demi is a strong, beautiful woman who is admired by people all over the world–and not just for her music. She has given hope to countless struggling people, and taught us that there isn’t one obstacle we can’t overcome.” – Elena
“I love her passion. She doesn’t care what other people think about her or what she loves/stands for and she lets the world know that. She teaches us to do the same.” – Miranda
“Demi, along with her singing career, is also a great mental health advocate and has helped a countless amount of people worldwide that may be struggling with anything she has dealt with in the past.” – Caity, 17
“I love her music both on CD and live. I love the she willingly took on the mantle of role model. I love that she has literally saved people’s lives” – Stuart
“Demi is so wise, knows exactly what to do with her life and is making the most of it. She’s goofy, original and does what she wants to do. Her music and her story are an inspiration.” – Tanja, 22
” Demi is by far the first Singer i have heard that uses her music and her life to help people around the world. She shows people that she is not ashamed of her look and image, and in this society we absolutely need that kind of role model. She has helped me battle my war better than my friends and family & i have not even met her. Tells a lot about a stranger.” – Nadia, 17
“Demi is the only one who came into my life and never leaves, I know that she’s with me whenever I put on her music. I feel like we had an invisible bond that no one can explain, but that’s the only thing saving me from myself. She is so much more than a singer, she’s saved my life, and millions of others.” – Jaquelee,16
We call ourselves “Lovatics”. We love each other and we love Demi. We are all different. There’s no age limit or discrimination of any kind. But we are more than just a fanbase; we are a family.
Question time! What do you think about Demi? Did you learn something new about her from this post? If so, do you think differently about her now? If you didn’t before, or never really thought about it, do you have more respect for her now?
Stay strong lovelies <3
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