Last night I went to the Demi Lovato concert (I had gone to her concert because my friend is a massive Lovatic and I admired Demi’s talent.) and she said something that really struck a chord with me. She said that she’s sick of being a poster child for recovery. As I was in the midst of an anxiety attack at the time due to being in a large crowd, I briefly left the room and thought about what she said. I was kind of confused at first. After thinking some more I realised that there is so little knowledge about mental illnesses and recovery stories are spread thinly. A celebrity with a mental illness or addiction will be kept a secret because it will ruin there image and all too often they don’t get help because that would be a break from their careers. Those celebrities who have suffered those types of things are most usually mocked and made into a joke, luckily (as far as I know) that had not happened to Demi. But imagine being a celebrity that has to relive what you used to go to in so many interviews. Imagine being a celebrity that is trying to focus on the bright future ahead of you but keep on being reminded what you used to face. It would be hard. Demi is a massive advocate for mental illness and despite being reminded of her past she pushing as hard as she can for the future. That is brave and I admire her courage. If I were to meet her I wouldn’t talk about her story or my story. I would talk about how amazing her voice is. I would ask her what her favourite travelling experience was. I would tell her I wish to travel one day. I would say to her that she is such an excellent performer and I strive to be the same.
Well anyhow rant over.