Demi Lovato has been a darling of the tabloids from a very young age. Born in New Mexico to a former country singer mother and a studio engineer father, music was a natural path for her to follow. Before Demi’s 9th birthday, she had already auditioned for Barney and Friends, and soon thereafter became a Disney star making her very first appearances in the music world. Today, at 28, she has produced nine Top 20 Billboard singles, all 6 of her albums have reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Chart, and she has millions of fans and followers from around the world on social media.
Her mother, Dianna De La Garza, moved to Dallas after divorcing Demi’s father, Patrick Lovato. In her memoirs, “Falling with Wings”, De La Garza talks about Patrick’s addiction and a suspected undiagnosed bipolar disorder and how that affected Demi and her sister’s emotional life. “It broke my heart to realize that my girls had seen and heard so many things that must have terrified them. Starting over as a single mom was hard. But I finally felt free.” Dianna writes.
The emotional stress of her family life and entering the public eye as a child celebrity took a toll on Demi’s life from a very early age. At age 18 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after being treated for substance abuse and bulimia. Since then she has decided to be open and transparent about her own struggles with mental health, her vulnerability, and her continuous desire for self-improvement. Her honesty has had a profound impact on celebrity culture, opening the door for other artists and celebrities to talk publicly about their own problems.