Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight since leaving the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour to go to rehab in 2010, and not for much that is positive. But now that the singer has come back to the land of the living after great struggle, she’s ready to tell her story, according to Us Weekly. Not just because she will profit from it, but so she may be able to help someone who is struggling with similar issues.
While many young stars have taken the low road, and declared that they “are not a role model”, in order to do whatever they want and not care…you know who I’m talking about….Demi has taken a higher and more difficult road. She has come out of some very rough times, dealing with issues like cutting, drug use, and bipolar disorder. She is hoping to use her experience to help others, and to actually be a role model.
“I used to say that too,” she said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “That was my excuse to do whatever the f— I wanted and not give a s— about what other people thought. Then I ended up going through some stuff. I realized I’m never going to escape the fact that I’m in the public eye, so I might as well do the best I can.”
Lovato’s struggle, unlike other Disney veterans, was happening while she was still working for Disney. In fact, she was in the middle of a star role in the network’s show, “Sonny with a Chance”, when she went into rehab. She thought her career was over, but when she came out of rehab, she was surprised to find fans that were as dedicated and supportive as ever.
She has since written a book full of daily affirmations called “Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year”, which goes on sale November 19th. She has also signed a deal to write a tell-all about her experience growing up Disney, but is not sure if “tell-all” is the right way to go. “I’m battling with internal thoughts on how honest I should be,” she said. “Yes, I’ve been very honest, but if people really knew how dark and deep my struggles got — not just with my eating disorder but with drugs and alcohol — they’d be really shocked. But I’ll most likely end up saying everything. Maybe it’ll help other people in the industry who are headed down the wrong path.”
Now that she has broken the destructive mold of what seems to be the normal pattern for child stars, she has high hopes to make some really big changes. “I want to be a director, and I want to pass bills in Congress about bullying. I really, really want to have my own talk show one day — be the next Oprah. I really do want to save the world. I know that’s kind of impossible, but I’m striving for it.”
What come next for Lavato may be a mystery right now, but if she has it her way, she will give back to those who have supported her all these turbulent years. Good for her.
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