Demi Lovato is more than just a huge star. The singer, songwriter and actress is also a businesswoman who has her own skin care line and just opened up a new record label with pop star Nick Jonas. Although she has major star power with over half a million record sales for each of her albums, Demi keeps herself grounded and down to earth by reaching out to the community through various organizations. Due to her personal struggles with mental illness, Demi became a mental health advocate, even starting her own scholarship fund “the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program” to help offset the costs to get help for those living with mental health issues.
By reaching out to those all around America, Demi has made a huge impact on people’s everyday lives. Those who don’t know Demi personally may not know the specifics of who she is helping but thanks for Demi’s massive social media presence, everyone around the globe can see Demi in action as she stands up for even the biggest, A-List celebrities when cyber-bullies and others get them down. Here are just ten of the many times Demi Lovato has stood up for others:
1. Miley Cyrus
Although the former Disney starlets don’t hang out anymore, citing they have become “two different people in two different social scenes”, when the media went crazy over Miley’s new controversial image, Demi stood up for her friend. In an appearance on Fox 31, Demi spoke out about her happiness for Miley breaking out of her Disney skin.
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Demi hopes to fight the stigma against mental illness and did just that when Catherine Zeta-Jones reportedly checked into a mental health center to seek treatment for her bipolar disorder. Instead of keeping silent on the topic, Demi reached out via Twitter to show how proud she was.
I don’t know Catherine Zeta-Jones personally but what she has decided to do it SO brave.. And SO difficult but worth it… I’m proud of her
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 14, 2011
3. Her sister, Madison De La Garza
After posting a vine of her sister Madison, Demi received several tweets making fun of Madison’s posture calling her a hunchback. Being personally affected by bullying, Demi wasted no time. She defended her sister in a series of tweets and called out those who were sending out the negative messages.
For anyone telling me to “chill”.. The impact bullies have over the internet can lead people to suicide. I can handle bullshit. But do NOT f*** with my baby sister.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 1, 2014
4. Those battling eating disorders
After going public with her struggle with mental illness and an eating disorder, Demi became a mental health advocate for those unable or afraid to speak up. So when her former employer, the Disney Channel, aired an episode of Shake it Up that made light of eating disorders, Demi took to Twitter to voice her concern. Because of her public show of distaste, Disney decided to pull the episodes from the air and reevaluate them to ensure they were getting across the proper message.
5. Caitlyn Jenner
After Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn), shocked the world with his Diane Sawyer interview confirming that he will be transitioning into a woman, Caitlyn received a lot of feedback from everyone across the globe. These mixed messages included people making fun of her, questioning her motives, as well as offering their support. Instead of keeping silent, Demi spoke out during her concert in Auckland, New Zealand, dedicating her song “Warrior” to Caitlyn and calling her a hero.
6. Taylor Swift
For years now Taylor Swift has been criticized for writing songs about past relationships. From Taylor Lautner, Harry Styles and John Mayer, she’s made a career out of her personal experiences. After Taylor Made headlines for calling out critics for the double standards when it comes to analyzing her songs, Demi went public with her support, saying “”Don’t f**k with me if you’re going to say women suck,” in an interview with ET Canada.
7. Selena Gomez
Like Demi, Selena found herself voluntarily checking into rehab to battle some personal issues. When the news broke, the Internet went crazy looking for more gossip to break Selena’s career. Although she stayed mostly silent on the matter, claiming that it is Selena’s business, Demi tweeted in support of her friend following the news.
Weakness is living in denial. Only the strongest people ask for help. 💗
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 5, 2014
8. Cory Monteith
After the world reeled in from his sudden loss in 2013, things turned negative as people started blaming Cory for his own death. Instead of calling people out one by one for how wrong they are, Demi, who had her own personal experience with drug addiction, spoke to PEOPLE magazine about Cory and addiction. “All it takes is one moment of vulnerability to get slipped into your addiction,” she said. “It’s not a choice. Nobody chooses to use. He didn’t choose to die. It was the disease. It can creep up on you at any moment. It only takes one moment of relapse to potentially die. It’s really scary, but I’m really hoping that from this, people are able to see this is a very, very, very dangerous disease.”
9. LGBT rights
Demi took advantage of a situation and made sure it was documented for the entire world to see. For her “Really Don’t Care” music video, Demi took over the Los Angeles’ Gay Pride Parade and turned her performance into her newest music video. There are several appearances from supportive celebrities, as well as many other LGBT supporters who attended the parade. The best part? When she opened up the performance condemning a protester for their “burn in hell poster” which she responded with “you don’t have to hate because my Jesus loves all.”
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has gotten in a lot of trouble over the years, but in November 2012 Perez Hilton picked her on profusely after she allegedly assaulted a woman in New York City. Although Perez is known for his gossip pieces (and hating on Lindsay Lohan) this particular article got under Demi’s nerves so much that she decided to tweet out to Perez telling him to stop. Although they engaged in a (small) Twitter feud, Demi ultimately got the last word telling him to just leave Lindsay alone instead of “kicking someone while they’re down”.
I really wish we could go back in time when artists were known for their work. Not their personal lives. 😔 — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 30, 2012