Demi Lovato Admits There’s More To Life Than Getting Wasted

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She’s made in the USA (Texas, to be exact) but popstar Demi Lovato is no saccharine sweet southern girl. She’s been through her fair share of hard knocks and she is only 21.

She began her TV career at the age of 7, dancing alongside Barney. Yep, she was one of the “and friends” part of the show’s title. But she became a breakout worldwide star after appearing on The Disney Channel on various shows.

During her teens she struggled with drugs and alcohol, took herself out of the public spotlight and retreated into a rehab center. A couple of years ago she re-emerged strong than ever and was a judge on the now-cancelled X Factor TV show in the US.

Today she is continuing to write, record and perform music and she now has another title to add to her already impressive resume: role model.

Cosmo Latina caught up with her while on tour for her fourth album, ‘Demi’, and talked about why being a role model is important for her, and how she celebrated her 21st birthday.

It was a crazy day to remember, but not in the way we stereotypically think of a coming-of-age party. This diva decided to go to Africa with the Free The Children charity.

“I was used
 to drinking and doing drugs on my birthday,” she says. “I always imagined my 21st being a huge party where I’d get shit-faced and go crazy. But I realized that there’s so much more to life than that.”

The trip to Africa was one that changed her perspective on life, hardship and how other people live around the world.

“Imagine walking 10 miles a day just to get water for your family? We have so much to be grateful for,” she says, which is certainly a common theme for this girl who knows what it is like to pick herself up from a downward spiral.

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She tells Cosmo that the reason she thinks it is important she uses her platform to be a role model, is because she never had that growing up, and doesn’t want other girls to miss out and make her mistakes.

“When I was younger, I needed someone in the spotlight to idolize, who stood for positivity and light and happiness, and wanted to change the world. And because I didn’t have that, I realized I want to do that, if only for my 12-year-old little sister.”

As for being diagnosed as Bipolar, she doesn’t let it affect her career or outlook in life, but chooses to be open and honest about it in interviews and stay accountable to those who can help her.

Demi, we need more young women like you! Women who are real, honest and hard working. She doesn’t conform to the entertainment industry’s false standards of beauty, and says the key to being sexy is being yourself.

“I feel sexiest when I’m comfortable — this means when I’m in my element onstage, and also when I’m wearing a T-shirt, jeans, my leather jacket, and no makeup!”

We have to give sincere props to this girl who doesn’t allow her mistakes or her past to define her, and knows why setting a good example is more important for her fans than just pushing a product onto them. It’s this sense of responsibility to her audience we wish more pop stars had.

We’re gonna get super cheesy right now and say for all you young women out there struggling with something, don’t allow it to destroy you. You can always find the strength in you to rise above.

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