Demi Lovato seemingly has it all — talent, looks, success — but her fans know everything is far from perfect for the singer. Lovato has opened up about her mental illness numerous times in the past, but she is always sharing her struggles to inspire others.
“I’ve struggled a lot with mental illness and bipolar disorder. Just because I’m a pop star doesn’t mean that everything is perfect,” she told E! News. “It’s a part of who I am,”
And although Lovato is an inspiration to thousands, she herself is inspired by many of her peers. The singer admitted that one of her biggest female inspirations is none other than American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson.
“She’s just got an incredible voice,” Lovato explained. “She’s a Southern girl, you can hear it in her voice. She’s awesome.”
Lovato recently signed on for the Clean and Clear See the Real Me campaign, which is meant to empower girls and women — showing them that it’s OK to reveal their real selves. The campaign relates to a cause Lovato is passionate about. She has long been an advocate for those struggling with depression, addiction and other mental illnesses, and shared that she is “living proof that someone can live, love and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support and treatment they need.”
The singer is staying as busy as ever these days. She is currently working on a new song with Nick Jonas, and is also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Lyric Video. She will be competing against Austin Mahone, 5 Seconds of Summer, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande for the Moonman, which is a fan-chosen award.
“I’m really really excited to be nominated,” she said. “I’m just going to be grateful for the nomination and see how it goes.”
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air Sunday night, Aug. 24.