Disney star, Demi Lovato‘s struggle was put on display last night in the form of an hour long documentary, courtesy of MTV. In “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong,” the singer, songwriter, actress shared her most intimate experiences in her battles with an eating disorder, self harm, and the road to recovery– which she stresses is indeed an everyday battle.
The film follows her on her new journey as an artist–post treatment. She is followed as she lives her “normal,” everyday life as a pop star, as she hits the road to finish the tour she had to cut short due to treatment admittance, and her first post treatmentThanksgiving.
“Creativity is what helps me escape a lot of my inner demons. Why not air all my secrets? Why not share my story because some people need to hear it?”
Demi was admitted to Timberline Knolls Rehab Facility in October 2010 to seek treatment for her not so on display, hidden struggles. Unlike her celebrity status, her issues weren’t seen on the cover of magazines, on tour, television, or the radio. Last night, they became known to the world. The documentary speaks words that one would never have known unless they were spoken from the singer herself.
In the stripped down documentary, Lovato brings us along her journey–starting from the beginning and and ending with the present. She lets us in on the pressure of what is was like to be a “Disney role model” for kids, her refusal and feelings toward her parents when they told her she needed help, her relationship with her fans, and her motivation that comes from what she was born to do–music.
“Music is what I love to do; it’s in my veins. I feel like I was born singing.”
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The raw quality of the film gives anyone who may be watching a first hand look into the ongoing battle Ms. Lovato lives on a daily basis, and it’s almost as though we shouldn’t be hearing the things she is saying. But it is that very factor what makes her experiences and this film admirable.
“I can’t tell you that I haven’t cut myself since treatment…I can’t tell you that I haven’t thrown up since treatment”
“Now, the tour is over. I want to be spontaneous.”
Even though the tour is over, her path to recovery continues on.
“I don’t think there is the finish line. I think you just keep going, until you retire. But even then, I’ll just continue to be working because that’s what I love to do.”
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