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Demi Lovato: An inspiring story of resilience

  • 10/23/2020 1:33 pm ET Stacy Whittle
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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.

‘Taking care of ME’

Demi Lovato holding a microphone on stage

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Her path has not been an easy one.  On July 24, 2018, she relapsed and was admitted to the emergency room at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, due to a near-fatal overdose.

That was the wake-up call that changed Demi’s life. In a tweet from December that year she wrote, “If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF … I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME”.

That same year she decided to sever her ties with her longtime manager Phil McIntyre and begin a new journey in the music industry with Scooter Braun who also represents Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. During a Billboard interview earlier this year she said, “In the past, I projected my own abandonment issues onto other people, especially male figures that I looked up to as father figures.  I had to reflect on, ‘What do I want my relationship with my manager to look like without enmeshing my own father issues onto him?'”

This year her career seems to be better than ever. She looks strong, empowered, and healthy, both emotionally and physically.  The year 2020 started for her with an amazing and emotional performance of “Anyone” at the Grammy Awards Ceremony in January, followed by her performance of the National Anthem at the Superbowl in February.

‘Everything came to a halt’

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Then Covid-19 hit the country and the world, and everything just stopped suddenly for everybody, including Demi and her busy agenda. “ When we first went into lockdown, I had just performed at the Super Bowl and the Grammys, released a new single and had another single coming out a month later with Sam Smith. I felt secure in my career and had been prepared mentally to crush it. When everything came to a halt, I — like I’m sure many others reading this — felt adrift,” says Lovato in her personal letter on the Pandemic that was published by Vogue.

This time of isolation has been a time for transformation for a lot of people in this world. As for Demi, she has found a voice for herself that speaks out stronger than ever.  She is not only able to talk about her personal struggles and her truth, but she realized that she can also speak out about other issues in the world, tell other stories, and talk about the things that need to be changed for a better future.

Her awaited new album hasn’t been fully released yet, but she has released a few songs containing empowering lyrics that seem to be aligned with her goal of sending meaningful messages to the audience. Her single “I Love Me”, released in March this year is a powerful song that talks about self-love and resilience:

why do I compare myself to everyone? and I always got my finger on the self-destruct, I wonder when I love me is enough.

Then later this year in September she released another two songs, “Still have me” and “OK not To Be OK”, a collaboration with Marshmello, which hit Number 1 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart.

This new purpose-driven journey that Demi has embarked on continues with her latest single, a bold political statement, which she performed at the Billboard Music Awards. Her performance showed the world what she’s made of and how her past struggles have shaped her into a confident and talented woman that will keep singing and writing important messages.

Make your own statement

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Demi Lovato has an incredibly large platform ensuring that her voice is heard. And while many of us don’t have millions of people hanging on our every word, we do have our own source of power: OUR VOTE.

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Voting has already started in many states, and Vote Early Day is rapidly approaching. It is time to harness your power, and make your plan to vote.

Disclaimer: This sponsored article was produced and distributed in partnership with Latino Victory Project, in support of the Vote Like a Madre campaign.

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