How Demi Lovato Went From Reluctant Role Model to a Proud Inspiration

At 23 years old, Demi Lovato is already a really big deal. And it’s not just because she’s a pop singer with chart-topping hits or because she rocked the small screen as a Disney kid. The truth is she’s become such a huge sensation for her honesty, bluntness, and her inspirational recovery from hell and back.

As a teen, she was already becoming addicted to alcohol, cocaine, and oxycontin, not to mention she was suffering from bulimia and bipolar disorder.

“I lived fast and I was going to die young. I didn’t think I would make it to 21,” she recently told American Way magazine

So by the time she went to rehab she thought, “Oh great, now the world thinks I’m just another stereotype.”

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But just because she went to rehab and came out the other side didn’t mean she was eager to become a role model.

“I didn’t go into treatment thinking, ‘OK, now I’m going to be an inspiration.’ At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility, but now, it’s really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable.”

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She’s also become more confident as an inspiration for teens with bipolar disorder and depression, explaining,

“When I have meet-and-greets, I can’t tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts. They’ll tell me, ‘You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,’ or ‘I got sober.’ Hearing those things gave my life new meaning.”

Now she’s a huge advocate for those who suffer from mental illness, and she’s proud to be.

“The more you talk about mental illness, the less of a taboo it becomes.”

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