Demi Lovato thinks being a “role model is my biggest responsibility”.
The 20-year-old former Disney star checked into rehab in 2010 to deal with “physical and emotional issues” related to bulimia and self-harm and she has been open with the public about her struggles throughout.
Demi is committed to setting a positive example, as she is aware of the impact her life makes on millions of young people.
“To be a role model is my biggest responsibility,” she told America’s OK! magazine. “It’s about being honest—it’s about being open.
“I look at it as I have a little sister [Madison De La Garza, 11], and I want to be a role model for her. I’ve been through a lot in my life, and the last thing I want is for my sister to go through anything that I did. I want to help prevent her from the mistakes that I’ve made.”
Demi has a lot of compassion for people who are dealing with mental health issues.
The star thinks folks diagnosed with these sorts of conditions get a bad rap.
“What people don’t realise is that everyone’s affected by somebody who’s struggling with a mental illness,” she explained.
“There’s a stigma around it, so when you say ‘mental illness,’ people think ‘crazy.’ But that’s not the case. There’s a ton of people who are bipolar, there’s so many people who suffer from PTSD and trauma and other things like that.”
Demi is committed that folks are aware there is ample opportunity to transform their circumstances.
However the individual has to remain committed to the cause.
“I want people who are going through it, I want them to know that it’s possible to get help,” she said.
“You have to stay on top of it if you really want to change, but the only person who can make that decision is yourself.”
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