Demi Lovato, a Disney Channel star turned singer, has been extremely open about her health struggles in the past five years. She has gone on the record to talk about her eating disorders, body issues, and bipolar disorder.
In light of recent celebrity suicides, Lovato wants the world to know that she does not feel defined by her diagnosis. She had an interview earlier this week with Elvin Duran of iHeartRadio to discuss the social constructs and labels that come with mental health issues.
She said, “I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it’s something that is true- I am bipolar- but I don’t like people to use it as a label. It’s something that I have, it’s not who I am.”
The artist said that she would rather be labeled as an “activist,” because that is something that she is proud of. She has spoken up about mental health at many rallies and conferences, hoping to inspire people to become honest about their struggles.
She said, “I think it’s important to speak up about the things that you believe in because your voice will be heard no matter what position you’re in. And I just happen to be in a position where more people will hear my voice than they would have 10, 15 years ago. I use my voice to do more than just sing and I use it to speak up about mental health because that’s something I’m very passionate about.”
Lovato admitted that while it is difficult to have her whole world on display, it has been helpful to remain honest. She said that she thinks the whole world knows the real her because there is nothing that she hides.
The singer spoke up about recent celebrity suicides as well. She said that she hopes the tragedies, specifically the death of Chester Bennington, pave a way for a larger conversation that will hopefully prevent future deaths.
She said, “I feel terrible for his friends and family. But I know that maybe this will raise the topic into conversation around mental illness and mental health and help somebody.”
What do you think about Lovato’s openness? Do you agree that there need to be more conversations about mental health? Let us know what you think on Facebook. If you want to more about the Chester Bennington story, you can read the statement that this wife gave after his tragic death.