Q&A With Demi Lovato
The chart-topping singer opens up about her health and her career.
My family has been amazing, and we've really leaned on each other to pull through. I'm surrounded by such supportive people at work as well, which is pretty amazing! I also have some great friends who stand by me, no matter what.
How are you coping with grief?
It was a very tough and sad moment in my life, but I'm dealing with it. My dad and I did not have the best relationship, but it was still so painful. He suffered from mental health issues -- after he passed away, I realized he was never able to get the help he needed. I decided to start The Lovato Treatment Scholarship program [in partnership with CAST Recovery, a therapeutic outpatient organization]. My father no longer has the chance to get the help he needed, but it makes me feel better to offer help to others.
How does the scholarship work?
The goal is to cover expenses for someone struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues, including the costs for one of CAST Recovery's transitional living homes, plus clinical services provided at CAST's outpatient program. I've struggled with mental health issues, so I truly know what's at stake. Effective treatment is costly, and many can't afford the care they need. I feel the most fulfilled when I can give back to others. It's a really important part of my own recovery. I've been so lucky to work with CAST Recovery for the past couple years. They've taught me to deal with my own demons.
Those "demons" are well documented. What advice do you have for young women reading this who suffer from bulimia, depression, addiction, or cutting?
Get help and talk to someone. You need support, and you need someone to teach you the tools needed to get well. You can get well. I'm living proof that it gets better. It is slow and steady, but it feels amazing when you can look back over a year or two and see the progress you've made. Trust you can do it.
Do you have a favorite single from the new album?
I can never pick one single. It's like picking a favorite child! I'm loving performing "Made in the USA" right now. It's such a catchy song. The album is better than anything I've ever done, and I'm so proud of it. It's a celebration of life, but with realness and honesty. I co-wrote a lot of the songs, so there's a piece of me in each.
What's most exciting about the latest season of FOX's reality-TV music competition, The X Factor?
I love to work with the contestants. It's amazing to see their excitement and energy. There's some talent that [will] surprise everyone. Also, my category is by far the best -- and, no, I cannot tell you what category that is!