Demi Lovato can’t be labeled. The 24-year-old singer opened up about her work with mental health to Elvin Duran on iHeartRadio’s Label Defiers with ZICO Coconut Water earlier this week.
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“I think it’s important to speak up about the things that you believe in because your voice will be heard no matter what position you’re in,” the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer said. “And I just happen to be in a position where more people will hear my voice than they would have 10, 15 years ago. I use my voice to do more than just sing and I use it to speak up about mental health because that’s something I’m very passionate about.”
And while Lovato has been open in the past about her own struggles with mental health, she doesn’t want her own diagnoses to define her.
“I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it’s something that is true -- I am bipolar -- but I don’t like people to use it as a label,” the former Disney star explained. “It’s something that I have, it’s not who I am. I think Demi Lovato, activist, is something that I would really be proud of.”
She added that what you see is what you get when it comes to her life, saying, “I’d say the whole world knows the real me because there’s nothing that I hide.”
And Lovato also expressed her sympathies regarding the recent death of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in late July at the age of 41.
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“I feel terrible for his friends and family, but I know that maybe this will raise the topic into conversation around mental illness and mental health and help somebody,” she added.
For more from Lovato, watch the clip below!