When someone mentions the name Demi Lovato, many think of the Jonas-struck teen in Disney’s Camp Rock. However her career has jumped into music and her own show since then. On a more personal note, the 22 year-old singer suffers from bipolar disorder. From a young age Lovato remembers dealing with feelings that she did not quite understand. Evidentially suffering from a deep depression, and bipolar disorder, Demi would go onto battle alcohol and a cocaine addiction.
But Lovato did not seal her fate as a troubled child star. As someone in the spotlight, going public with this type of information is a life changing decision. Lovato is glad that her fans “held her accountable”, so she had to face her problems.
“I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh my God… that is alcoholic behaviour,” she told AH. “[It’s] no longer, I’m young and rebellious and out having fun, it was, wow, I’m one of those people.”
She has been on the long road to recovery and since then Lovato has celebrated 3 years sober. With the help of her beau and That 70’s Show star, Wilmer Valderrama, 35, Lovato credits him with a major part of her recovery, and a person who stuck by her since day one.
The singer wants to help people by sharing her story, thus becoming an advocate for Be Vocal: Speak up for Mental Health. “Be Vocal is as much about sufferers voicing their treatment needs as it is about families and communities speaking up for better resources to meet those needs”, she said. This is not the only action that Lovato has made in this area, she created a treatment scholarship program, in memory of her father who battled mental illness and passed in 2013.
In a recent Instagram post the singer noted, “Bipolar disorder is part of my life, but it does not define me.” The advice she gives to her fans suffering from mental illness is, “Speak up for yourself and learn how to live well”.