Demi Lovato might have opened up about her past experience with drug abuse but there are still some misconceptions that she wants to discuss.
The singer touched upon the first misconception in an upcoming episode of Diane Guerrero’s podcast, Yeah No, I’m Not Okay. She talked about the idea that if people are using drugs or if they are dealing with an eating disorder or self-harm means that they want to die.
Demi explained that she believes that her addictions stopped her from dying. She further added that in the same way it also killed her and it saved her life at times. The singer shared, “In the same way it almost killed me, it saved my life at times, because there were times that I dealt with suicidal ideations. And had I gone forward with that in that moment, instead of another destructive coping mechanism, I wouldn’t be here to tell my story.”
However, after Demi underwent treatment, she shared that she has come to believe that she turned to those as coping mechanisms. The Heart Attack singer revealed that it was because she genuinely in so much pain that she didn’t know what else to do. She said, “I turned to those coping mechanisms because I genuinely was in so much pain that I didn’t want to die and I didn’t know what else to do.”
Demi Says Hollywood Presents Unrealistic Expectations
The singer explained that she did the best that she could at times and now that she has other resources, she knows how is another way to cope. She said, “I did the best that I could at times and now that I have other tools and other resources, I know how else to deal and how else to cope so I don’t have to resort to those behaviors again.”
Demi has said before as she has opened up about her past experiences. She has shared multiple reasons for why she went through what she did but her ultimate motivation is to let others know that everybody struggles.
The I Love Me singer further explained that when she was a teen she did not understand how common mental health issues were. She said she realized it until she was older and a celebrity. The former Disney star recalls that she would look at people in the media and compare herself and not feel good enough.
Demi said she will not feel thin enough and wonder how it was for these people living lives that seemed so perfect. However, she now realizes for her it was so much pain. She said, “And when I got into the spotlight, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s not perfect here, nobody has a perfect life, it just looks that way.'”
The singer added that if she can break that façade for Hollywood, someone has got to do it because they are presenting unrealistic expectations. She explained, “If I can break that facade for Hollywood—sorry, Hollywood—someone’s gotta do it because we’re presenting unrealistic expectations to people by only presenting our best selves at all times.”
Demi says now that she does not try to present a certain image of herself or tries to fit a mold. She explained that she is dedicated to being the person that she most identifies with in her life today.
Demi shared, “I’ve tried on many identities over the years—the sexy feminine pop star that I felt like people wanted me to be or the poster child for recovery—and now I’m embracing the fact that my lack of commitment to anyone identity isn’t a lack of commitment.” The singer said that it is just an openness to continue to evolve.