We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Demi Lovato has courage. They have courage because they aren’t afraid to talk about anything. They believe that open communication is of the utmost importance and being honest is what they’ve built a part of their fandom on.
And we can appreciate that.
The superstar was at the Hollywood & Mind Summit on Thursday (May 11) speaking openly about many things, including gender identity, Instagram comments, and her bipolar diagnosis. Lovato was relieved when she got her diagnosis and spoke about why.
“I was so relieved that I had finally had a diagnosis,” Demi said. “I had spent so many years struggling, and I didn’t know why I was a certain way in dealing with depression at such extreme lows, when I seemingly had the world in front of me just ripe with opportunities.”
They continued, “It was things like, I remember being 15 years old on a tour bus and watching fans follow my bus with posters and trying to get me to wave outside the window. And all I could do was just sit there and cry. And I remember being in the back of my tour bus watching my fans and crying and being like, ‘Why am I so unhappy?’”
As a person who also lives with a bipolar diagnosis, I have to admit that Lovato talking openly about it is empowering to me. It makes me feel seen.
May is Mental Health Awareness month and though I think that we should be talking openly about it more often. There is no shame in having a mental illness, there is only strength in it.