At the end of June, Demi Lovato released a single called “Sober”, she admitted, “I am no longer awake” and apologized to the family and fans she wanted to be role models. Yesterday, the 25-year-old singer was admitted to hospital for alleged drug abuse. The representative of Lovato reported that she is now awake and recovering.

While other pop stars are covering up struggles with addiction and mental illness by talking about exhaustion or stress, Lovato has been openly talking about her personal experience of struggling for six years in lucidity. Last year she told NPR about her lowest point.

“On my way to the airport, when I was drinking vodka in a Sprite bottle at nine in the morning, rock hit me. I actually vomited behind the car service,” Lovato said. “I have a moment, I thought of myself, ‘Wow, this is no longer fascinating. It is no longer a fun for young people to drink, drink and experiment.'”

During this time, thousands of fans expressed their support for Lovato on social media and shared the story of how Lovato’s honesty and frankness helped them over the years. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with BEAT magazine editor Michael Cragg about the role of Lovato and social media in promoting open discussions about addiction and mental health. Read the edited conversation below and listen to the audio link.

I want to start by talking about the apparent overdose of Demi Lovato, because this is just a lot of support that we don’t always see in such situations.

There is currently a tag on Twitter called #HowDemiHelpedMe, which I have been reviewing some of the titles before, which I think is an example of how she talked to her fans in an honest and open way from the start. About her struggles, from depression to eating disorders to addiction. And I think that what we are seeing now is a fan, and when she obviously needs it, the fans will give back to her.

Just give an example in a tweet. One person wrote: “Before consulting, her music has been in my waiting room, and her music has been with me during my hospital stay. In my dark age, she has been with me, I am very grateful to her. This is completely different from what we have seen in the case of thinking. For example, Britney Spears or Amy Winehouse struggled on similar issues and did not receive very sympathy.

Social media has revolutionized the popular landscape. These pop stars have no exports and can even object to the remarks in the gossip column or tabloid. They can’t immediately let these things rest. Obviously… At this point, you have realized your dream of becoming a pop star. You are such a robot, glamorous, popular entity, not a real human. It’s like the way we escape through your music, you live the best life on the stage, we all want to be you.

But that is no longer the case. It has completely changed. Pop stars now need to make it very clear that they are humans who have failed and have weaknesses.

The transparency of Demi Lovato is also reflected in her music. She released a song called “Sober” earlier this year, where she talked about recurrence. This is in stark contrast to all the popular songs about drunkenness and waste, partying, forgetting what you did the night before, because you are so power outages.

We live in an open-letter culture, and that’s how people start to convey their true feelings through these public letters, and take screenshots of the Notes app on their phones to unleash their truth about something. emotion.

Right, that is it. I think this song is an open letter in the form of a song. Through her family, her friends, her fans, she knows the journey she has been to, this is a literal apology. They invested in this story, so she told them that she had failed, she was sorry. But it is incredible to hear someone explain this in detail. However, for her fans, accept this because it is their habit. Her music has always been there.


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