If there’s anyone who uses their platform in the entertainment industry for empowerment and good, it’s Demi Lovato.
The 25-year-old superstar has been an open book when it comes to discussing her personal battles with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bulimia, and addiction. Her hope is to erase the stigma that’s often associated with mental health, and be a role model of someone who has overcome mental illness in her own life.
Her new YouTube Documentary, “Simply Complicated,” is no different.
It exudes the theme of authenticity as Demi takes viewers through an up-close and personal look at the trials and triumphs that have made her who she is today.
Among the common themes of the film is that of bullying. It’s Demi’s mission to put an end to bullying having been the victim of bullies for several years.
“When I was 12, I was bullied, I developed a social anxiety where I didn’t trust other girls my age. Then one day, this girl who was popular started saying ‘Demi should kill herself. She should slit her wrists.’ It resulted in a suicide petition that got passed around and she had other classmates sign it.”
Demi says it was the bullying from those mean girls that prompted a lifelong eating disorder. But the bullying didn’t stop at school. It followed her into her career. Which is why she’s made the decision to take those wounds and use them to prove those bullies wrong.
“I remember being harassed online and through text messages, and I was verbally bullied rather than physically bullied,” she continues, “It just hurts to see so much pain and suffering that people are having to deal with. If you don’t use your voice, especially with the platform I have, you’re being a bystander. Bystanders are just as bad as the people causing the crisis.”
Her encouragement to others is backed up by her own actions, as this international superstar is always looking for more ways to use her platform for good.
“I’m learning how to be a voice and not a victim.”