Demi Lovato: Why her story is important

This blog of mine is normally a funny, sarcastic, bitter take on the world and most of you expect that. Today, however, I’m going to reblog a serious post. Rebecca wrote about a documentary she watched on Demi Lovato, who is a singer I really like. I thought this was a well written post about mental illness and some of its stigmas. Mentally illness doesn’t doesn’t care if we are rich or poor, young or old, white or black, male or female. And many people suffer silently because mental illness symptoms don’t show like physical illnesses. I hope you will at least read Rebecca’s post and possibly watch the documentary like I’m going to. And don’t forget about people you might know who suffer from mental illness.

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Pop singer Demi Lovato’s documentary Simply Complicatedwas released on YouTube on October 17th. While she’s been open about her drug and alcohol addictions and eating disorder in the past, this doc provides a more detailed timeline of Demi’s journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back to recovery once more.

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This documentary is unapologetic, raw, and in-your-face. It has some eerie similarities to director Asif Kapadia’s brilliant 2015 Best Documentary Feature, Amy, which documents the life and tragic death of British singer Amy Winehouse.

Ironically, in Simply Complicated, Demi references Winehouse as someone she idolized growing up. In a journey back to Demi’s house, she shows a poster she’d made as a child that she kept in her closet, plastered with photos of celebrities she wanted to look like. There, among the models and skinny celebrities, was Winehouse, most likely…

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