Demi Lovato just clapped back at a publication that body shamed her
It's been a difficult year for Demi Lovato, who survived a near-deadly overdose back in July. The pop-star did, however, emerge triumphant: after 90 days in rehab, Lovato returned to the public eye, and she's certainly wasted no time taking down body shamers.
Demi just shut down a website that highlighted her body shape in a headline. The headline read, "Demi Lovato Appears To Have Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat in LA."
The singer proceeded to screenshot the headline, and wrote "I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT."
"Unlike the past, I'm not triggered, I'm not upset that someone wrote a headline about my 'fuller figure. I'm angry that people think it's okay to write headlines about people's body shapes. Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I'm not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture," she continued.
"Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking. If you're reading this: Don't listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape."
In recent years, the former Disney actress has become increasingly outspoken about her struggles with sobriety and mental illness, as well as being a champion for body positivity. Speaking at a concert back in March of last year, Demi stated that she plans to use her influence to encourage an open dialogue about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.
"I made changes in my life, and the reason I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help, and I want you to know that that’s okay," she asserted.
"Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s okay to have a mental illness, it’s okay to have an addiction problem. I’m bipolar — like, whatever! I take care of myself. And I can never say ‘Thank you’ enough to you guys for the support that you’ve given me over the years, and you’ve forgiven me for my mistakes."
Back in June of 2017, Demi took to Twitter and Instagram to announce that she had released a new single, Sober. The song appeared to reveal that the 26-year-old had relapsed after more than six years of sobriety. "My truth...out now," Demi captioned the post.
"Momma I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor," Demi sings in the refrain. "To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down this road before / I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore."
She also issues an apology to her fans, singing, "I’m sorry for the fans I lost, who watched me fall again / I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human." However, there does appear to be hope, as Demi then reassures both herself and her supporters that she will seek the help she so requires. "I’m sorry that I’m here again," she continues. "I promise I’ll get help / It wasn’t my intention / I’m sorry to myself."