Demi Lovato’s YouTube-exclusive documentary, ‘Simply Complicated,’ has over 15 million views online. This documentary coincides with her most revealing album to date: Tell Me You Love Me. For the record, I’m not a fan of her music, but this documentary made me a massive fan of her as a person.
Lovato uses the film to candidly outline her struggles with Bipolar, Addiction, and Body Dysmorphia. ‘Simply Complicated’ starts off with her saying that she “had anxiety around this interview because the last time I did an interview this long, I was on cocaine.” Demi is now six years sober, but she insists that it’s still a constant battle.
She has a candid vulnerability and so much self-awareness that it’s both refreshing and inspiring. She discusses how her Dad abandoned her at a young age to pursue his love of drugs and alcohol, and how it impacted her. Demi admits that she wanted to see what all the hype was about- since it was worth him leaving her family for it. (This brought a tear to my eye)
As a kid, Demi was viciously bullied in school. One of her classmates even created a ‘suicide petition’ for her to kill herself. Eventually, when one of the popular girls encouraged Lovato to start “partying,” with alcohol, Adderall, cocaine, and she seized the opportunity. She partied her way into Rehab- after her whole management team threatened to abandon her.
Growing up a child star and a Disney kid allowed for people to interpret her behavioral red flags as brattiness or being a teenage girl. No one knew that she was in a huge battle with Bipolar Disorder.
Demi’s mom, a former model, says that she contributed to Demi’s body dysmorphia by insisting she strives for “perfection.” As a result, Lovato developed an eating disorder at a young age that she has yet to overcome. In fact, she candidly admits she had recently purged after speaking to her ex-boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama. Demi is now single, but she is openly bisexual and currently on a dating app looking for both guys and girls. I’ve always been hesitant to discuss my own fluid sexuality because of the stigma around being bi-sexual… and even bi-polar. I was tearing up at her bravery. She seems to have complete agency over her identity, and it’s inspirational. I strive to be that open.
Now, Lovato is bringing free Mental Health counseling to fans on Tour. She co-owns a program called CAST, and she says that “It’s basically like a therapy session before the concerts and we have speakers from all over.” I am so impressed with this 25-year-old pop star who is shattering stigmas and helping others with her global platform. I hope she inspires other influencers to give back the same way. She’s inspired me to share my story unabashedly to help combat stigma. I highly recommend that you watch this documentary. ‘Simply Complicated’ has radically changed my views on sharing my stories and contributing to combating stigma. And I truly love Demi Lovato as a person like I never knew I could. Inspired for life.
If you or a loved one you know is having any mental health struggles, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.