Demi Lovato Talks Mental Health, Black Lives Matter
Demi Lovato opened up in a letter written for Vogue about her mental health, the pandemic, and Black Lives Matter.
The singer, 28, has been vocal in her support for mental health awareness and has talked about her own struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder. “One positive thing about the pandemic is that it has shone a spotlight on mental health in a way like never before,” Lovato wrote. She explained that many people do not understand mental health, and the new attention it has gained through social media has caused the stigma to be reexamined.
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Like most, the “Tell Me You Love Me” singer has been quite active online during her time isolating. Lovato wrote that things shifted in her social media after the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while unarmed and jogging in Georgia. She has always taken her advocacy work seriously, and the posts she was seeing reminded her of the Black women who inspired her. She began posting about the injustices, stating that everyone needs to take responsibility. She wrote, “Finally, the world is waking up and it’s beautiful to witness.”
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#Repost @justchachi with @get_repost ・・・ #saytheirnames & remember these stories. this is NOT a one time situation. this movement isn’t here for a week, a month, or even a year; it is a forever uprising. ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️👏🏽 if you’re silent you are part of the problem. if you reject change and conversation, you are part of the problem. if you sit idly by and don’t put effort into changing your minds and making this world a better place with action, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. nothing can be done if you sit on your hands. ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️ #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #nojusticenopeace #saytheirnames #blm #elevatemelanatedvoices #elevateyourself #freeyourmind
To stay active during the quarantine, Lovato explains that her fiancee, 29-year-old actor Max Ehrich, pushed her to try new activities. The two did things like yoga and meditating together, and Lovato also picked up painting, journaling, and appreciating nature.
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— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 16, 2020
To sum up 2020, Lovato called this “a year of change.” She met Ehrich in March and had the anniversary of her father’s death around Father’s Day when she wrote a meaningful letter letting go of the resentment she felt towards him and his alcoholism.
“I want to inspire people in many different ways to do the same. Above all, I want to leave the world a better place than when I got here,” Lovato finished. “There are a lot of things that need to be done before that, but together I believe we can make it happen. You just need to be a little bit hopeful.”
We are incredibly inspired by the singer-songwriter and all of the strides she has made toward bettering herself and others in 2020. You can read the full letter Lovato wrote to Vogue here and keep up with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.