Voice of rea­son

Demi Lo­vato speaks up about men­tal health aware­ness

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Music - Angelin Yeoh

DUR­ING a re­cent in­ter­view on iHeartRa­dio, 24-year-old pop singer Demi Lo­vato spoke about the death of Linkin Park front­man Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton, who com­mit­ted sui­cide on July 20.

The 41-year-old fa­ther of six chil­dren had pre­vi­ously opened up about his strug­gles with drepres­sion. Lo­vato her­self has been di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar disor­der, and has a his­tory of sub­stance abuse and self-harm.

"It's a very un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion and I feel ter­ri­ble for (Ben­ning­ton's) friends and fam­ily, but I know that maybe this will raise the topic into con­ver­sa­tion around men­tal ill­ness, men­tal health and help some­body'', she said.

Lo­vato be­lieves that by shar­ing her story, she could also help oth­ers fac­ing the same prob­lems. ''I think it's very im­por­tant that peo­ple raise the im­por­tance of men­tal health be­cause it's some­hing that's so taboo to talk about. The more peo­ple know about it, the more peo­ple are go­ing to be able to find so­lu­tion to what they're go­ing through.'' The out­spo­ken singer is also aware that she could utilise her fame to do more for an im­por­tant cause.

''It's im­por­tant to speak about the things you be­lieve in, be­cause your voice will be heard no mat­ter what po­si­tion you're in. I just hap­pen to be in a po­si­tion where more peo­ple would hear my voice than they would have 10-15 years ago, so I use my voice to do more than just sing.''

Lo­vato cur­rently has a new sin­gle out called Sorry Not Sorry. In a separate in­ter­view with Bill­board, she re­vealed that a new al­bum is due this year. Her last stu­dio al­bum Con­fi­dent, which fea­tured hit sin­gle Cool For The Sum­mer, was re­leased in 2015.

"I'm re­leas­ing an al­bum later this year, so my fans can look for­ward to that. It's more soul­ful and I want to go more R&B with it.''

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