Real Talk: Demi Lovato on Staying Authentic
In between releasing her new single, Sorry Not Sorry, and performing live in her fans' homes on her House Party tour, Demi Lovato found a moment to sit down with Foxxtales and talk about how she's dedicated to staying honest, authentic and true to herself online and offline. In the age of social media, Demi is a pioneer for "keeping it real."
Foxxtales: You obviously use your platform and notability to inspire and uplift others. Just the other day, you posted on Instagram about how human connection is crucial to our survival. I wanted to ask you, is that why you’ve been so candid about your life and your struggles? Are you trying to create that human connection with your fans?
Demi: Yeah definitely. My whole purpose in life is to help others. I love singing and it’s something that I’m very passionate about. But, you know, when you think about the bigger picture, helping others is the most important thing you can do. I definitely think that it’s important to break down the walls of social media. When you’re on social media, you can sometimes be swept away in the fantasy of it all with the glamour and the false advertising. I think it’s important to stay true to who you are and be honest with people. [I try to] connect with them as much as [I]can.
Foxxtales: You also said in your post that, at the end of last year, you took some time for yourself. Self care is something that is getting a lot of buzz right now. What does your self care routine look like now?
Demi: Well, I like to exercise. It’s something that’s really important to me. It keeps my mind straight. It’s good for my body. It’s something that, overall, gets my stress [and anxiety] out. It’s also something that I have fun doing. I train MMA - so whenever I’m in the gym, I’m doing stuff that I love. It makes the time go faster.
Foxxtales: Practicing self care hasn’t always been so widely accepted though. When you first came out with your struggles with mental health, there were not a lot of young people being candid about the issue. Was it scary to be one of the first young people in the public eye to come forward, talking about these issues?
Demi: [It was definitely scary] talking about the issues that I struggle with. I praise other people whenever they come forward and can be one of those people as well. I've talked about the issues that I’ve struggled with in hopes to inspire others to get the help that they need.
Foxxtales: What did you have to tell yourself to get over that fear of coming forward?
Demi: What I had to was, you know, just be honest. I told myself that the more honest I am with people, the less secrets that I’ll have to keep. Secrets keep you sick.
Foxxtales: Was there a moment in particular when you realized that what you were doing was not only helping yourself, but so many others?
Demi: Yeah, there are several moments when I’ve felt that. I think when you are open with other people, you hold yourself accountable. [That is] really important when you are in recovery from an eating disorder or drugs and alcohol. Thats what ended up happening [for me]. Whenever I shared my story with people, I was able to maintain my sobriety and my recovery - partially due to me sharing that journey with people.
Foxxtales: You just launched your own line for Fabletics. At Foxxtales, we love female entrepreneurs! What does it mean to you to be a female entrepreneur?
Demi: [Being a female entreprenuer] means that you’re breaking barriers. You are not letting things stop you or people get in your way.
Foxxtales: Do you have any advice for women out there who want to start their own companies?
Demi: My advice to young women entering the business world is to never stop. Never stop believing in yourself, believing in your product or believing in your dreams. It takes time to build a company. When you keep going and keep building that momentum, it keeps you inspired to run your company.
Foxxtales: Now that you’re so successful, if you could go back 10 years and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself?
Demi: Everything that you connect yourself to should be something that you're passionate about.
Foxxtales would like to thank Demi Lovato for contributing to our community!
You can download and listen to Demi's latest single, Sorry Not Sorry, here
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