Demi Lovato opens up about bullying during powerful interview

By Meaghan Wray

Demi Lovato is using her celebrity platform for good. While appearing on Van Jones’ “We Rise Against Hate” tour on Aug 15, she opened up about her experience with bullying. For years now, the 24-year-old singer has spoken out about depression and self-harm in an effort to end mental health stigma.

Demi shared that it’s her mission to spread an important message: bullying isn’t cool, even if it’s accepted and normalized in schools. During the interview, she reflected on some of her own experiences, “I remember being harassed online and through text messages, and I was verbally bullied rather than physically bullied,” she continued, “It just hurts to see so much pain and suffering that people are having to deal with. If you don’t use your voice, especially with the platform I have, you’re being a bystander. Bystanders are just as bad as the people causing the crisis.”

The singer hasn’t been shy about her own struggles to overcome addiction and body image issues while living in the limelight either, and has become a guiding light for many of her young fans who struggle, too. Earlier this year, the former-Disney star celebrated five years of sobriety.

To celebrate this milestone, Demi shared a picture of an app confirming the accomplishment and posted an inspirational message to reflect on her tough journey. She wrote: "So grateful. It's been quite the journey. So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession."

She added: "I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me. Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me." In 2012, the then-19-year-old went to rehab to overcome her issues, and she has since documented her experience with her followers.

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