As much as we already know about Demi Lovato on account of how open and honest she is, from the sound of it, we’ve barely scratched the surface. Her willingness to speak about her own experiences with everything from addiction to self-harming to eating disorders to alcoholism to rehab has always been impressive, but apparently she’ll be taking it to a whole ‘nother level in the memoir that she’s currently working on.
And now that we’re talking about that memoir, I should clarify a few things. When I first heard about it, I was really against Demi writing a book about her life right now. In my mind, you haven’t lived enough of your life yet at age twenty-one to know anything about it. But I think now that maybe I was selling Demi a little short. Because she’s so straight-forward about her time in rehab and stuff, I’ve almost forgotten that it happened; that she ever didn’t have her life together. I forgot that she got into drugs and alcohol so early and that it almost derailed her entire career. I forgot that she’s lucky to be alive.
The truth is, Demi has lived through a ton already, and she really does have a unique perspective; one that could probably be helpful to a large percentage of people. Anyone who looks up to celebrities could definitely benefit from the knowledge that their lives aren’t necessarily easy, so there’s probably a silver lining that Demi is writing this so young, while everything is still recent. It’s just a matter of deciding exactly how much to reveal.
“I’m battling with internal thoughts on how honest I should be. Yes, I’ve been very honest, but if people really knew how dark and deep my struggles got—not just with my eating disorder but with drugs and alcohol—they’d be really shocked. But I’ll most likely end up saying everything. Maybe it’ll help other people in the industry who are headed down the wrong path.”
As tough as that is, really baring it all, I think that’s honestly a really good strategy. If you reveal yourself exactly how bad things got, it will certainly stop journalists from trying to dig up dirt down the line. If you put it all out on the table, you have nothing to hide.
A lesser person would probably shrink away from being so brutally honest about her own struggles, but that’s not the kind of girl Demi is. And we love her for it.
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