When Demi Lovato found success on the Disney Channel, viewers had no reason to doubt she was anything other than the happy-go-lucky image she presented. However, in the years since Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance aired, we’ve seen the struggles hidden beneath the surface. Her challenges with an eating disorder and substance abuse nearly destroyed her, but they didn’t. Lovato wouldn’t let them. Now, she’s back and doing better than ever before.
Her Grammys performance in January is something that’s still on our mind, and it’s going to be there for a long time. Not only did Demi bare her soul on a song with honest and vulnerable lyrics, but her rendition of it cut straight to the heart. You could hear the pain of the last few years in her voice, and that’s something we’ll never forget.
The performance signalled a strong comeback for the singer, but it took a lot of work for her to reach this point. Eating disorders and addictions don’t just disappear, even with a spell in rehab. It’s constant work for the singer to avoid a relapse, but she’s found ways to stay on top of everything. That includes embracing body acceptance over body positivity.
In a new podcast with Ashley Graham, Lovato spoke about the difference between these two things. Apparently, the former is all about telling yourself you’re beautiful and perfect, even though you don’t feel that way. Although the intention is to view yourself more positively, it can be hard to believe what you’re saying. The latter, on the other hand, simply requires you to accept what you see in the mirror because it’s who you are. After all, if you can’t love yourself, how is anyone else supposed to love you back?
For so long, Demi has felt obliged to “look a certain way or fit a certain mold” because it’s what the media’s told her to do. We don’t want that, though, and neither does she. We’ll take a happy, healthy Demi filling stadiums with her voice over one that’s in and out of rehab any day of the week.
Her mental health matters. Her self-esteem matters. Her happiness matters.
We could’ve lost Demi a few years ago because of her struggles, and we’re so glad that we didn’t. The last thing we want is to ever see her in that position again. So, while the road ahead might be tough, we have her back every step of the way.