Despite her peppy persona while she got her start on the Disney Channel, Demi Lovato’s life has not been easy. Whenever the camera stopped rolling or she left the stage after a performance, she led a secret life with bits and pieces spilling out for the tabloids every so often. But with the recent release of her YouTube Original documentary, Lovato is done keeping secrets.
The new documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated gives fans the full scoop on the events in her life that led her to where she is now. She starts with her childhood, singing as often as breathing, and dealing with depression at a very early age, all while trying to rise to stardom.
She ended up starring on Barney and the Disney Channel as a youngster, but unfortunately even the adolescent rise to fame could not erase the mental issues she was fighting. In fact, she was battling all these “demons” while keeping a fake smile on her face for the camera, so it only made everything worse, she says.
After she starred in the Disney Channel movie “Camp Rock,” alongside her good friends the Jonas Brothers, she started using cocaine and continued her downward spiral. She was hooked on the drug almost immediately, and it took an extensive rehab program to help her get clean again. Even when she was promoting sobriety in the media and to her fans, it wasn’t true.
The documentary also features her new album, “Tell Me You Love Me,” which is filled with songs that are fun and upbeat.
Side Note: I’m sorry (not sorry), but if you can’t jam to “Sorry Not Sorry,” you seriously might want to reevaluate your taste in music.
Okay, I’m not going to give any more spoilers, so all I’ll say is that she’s a girl that has what it takes to conquer the world. It reveals a side to Demi Lovato that you probably never knew existed.
I think it’s so important for celebrities to come out and tell these stories –not only to be honest with themselves, but to give fans and followers the transparency that clues them in on the fact that being a celebrity isn’t always the best thing in the world. We’ve all got issues, and when you’re famous, you can use your platform to speak up against mental illness, drug addiction, etc. and let everyone else out there know they are not alone.
In the interviews, she’s honest and doesn’t hold back. After watching, I can certainly say the documentary definitely deserved the 8 million-and-counting views. So go ahead and watch it, just don’t forget to have a pack of tissues.
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