Demi Lovato Just Got Real About Mental Illness During DNC Speech
The singer opens up about her struggle with mental illness and urges politicians to support laws that provide better access to healthcare.
Demi Lovato has never been shy when it comes to opening up about living with bipolar disorder. That said, the Confident singer took her honesty to a whole other level when she addressed the stigmas surrounding mental health in a powerful statement at the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
The 23-year-old was the first celebrity to speak, and in front of a packed audience at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, she opened up about the struggles and hardships that come along with suffering from a mental illness of any kind.
"Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness. But I'm lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility," she said. "Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don't get help, either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment…We can do better."
Hoping to urge politicians to support laws that would provide Americans better access to health care, Demi clarified that, "this is not about politics, it's simply the right thing to do. I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness."
She then spoke a few kind words, showing her support for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: "I'm proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people living with mental health conditions get the care they need to lead fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton. Let's make her the next president of the United States of America."
Watch the talented songstress receive a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of her statement.