After all the negative feelings I got out of my system about Marilyn Monroe yesterday, I really needed someone to lift my spirits, y’know? A real world role model who could restore my faith in humanity’s ability to rise above addiction and take help that was offered. Maybe a talented young woman confronting her problems head on and taking the necessary steps to get herself back on track. Someone like Demi Lovato.
Demi has made no secret of her struggles over the years, but at the B96 Summer Bash in Chicago this Saturday, she was even more open than usual, taking a moment to speak directly to her fans about her battle with addiction:
“So before I start this next song, I just want to tell you guys a little story. Really fast, not going to take up too much time. A couple years ago, it’s no secret, I had to go into treatment for a bunch of issues. I mean, I could name them all [but] we we ain’t got time. I had to go away to treatment and I want to let you know that this treatment center is called Timberline Knolls. It was here in Lemont, Illinois.”
“Every time that I play Chicago, I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s because I felt so much love here and I’ve been through so much. I just want you guys to know that when I come to Chicago, I never forget that this place is the place that saved my life. If anybody out there is dealing with an eating disorder, substance abuse, cutting, bullying, whatever it is — I want you guys to know that I’ve been through it and that I’ve gotten through it and you can do it too.”
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes. I feel like this is the perfect use of celebrity and experience to set a good example for young fans. Demi acknowledges her past and takes responsibility for her mistakes while still moving forward and embracing the change necessary to make her into a healthier, happier person. She’s already done a great job of cutting out the negative influences in her life, and now she’s sharing her story in hopes that it can make other people similarly successful. I’m just so impressed with this girl, especially since she’s only twenty years old. Keep up the excellent work, Demi. Your fans are lucky to have you, and I’m so glad you’re staying solid on the road to recovery.