After celebrating her third year of sobriety this past March, singer Demi Lovato has just announced that she is the new spokesperson of the Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign, which encourages people across America to use their voice in support of mental health.
Demi made an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show on Thursday morning (May 28) to discuss the new initiative, while also opening up on how she’s overcome her own struggle.
“I’ve been very open about my story just because I know that the more honest and open I am, the more people that I’m gonna be able to reach,” Demi said. “Mental illnesses in general are not talked about as much as they should.”
She continued, “I wish that more people could understand from a point where it’s not a choice to have an addiction. And with bipolar disorder, it’s a chemical imbalance and it’s something that you have to figure your own treatment with your own team and in order to do that, it takes time.”
“And finally, I’m in a great place where I can say that recovery is possible.”
During her appearance, Demi also revealed that fans have helped her stay accountable:
“My fans have really held me accountable, and it’s been really incredible to have them as inspirations to stay strong and stay sober as well.”
“I feel amazing,” she continued. “It’s definitely changed my life in every single way possible. Yes, I went through a lot of stuff when I was young, but I’m so glad that I did, so that I can, you know, live a longer, happier, healthy life sooner rather than later.”