Singer, Demi Lovato, released her documentary “Simply Complicated” on October 17. The youtube video has over three million views, and an overwhelming amount of support.
The documentary opens with her interview being set up. The first thing Demi says in the film is,”I actually had anxiety around this interview… Because the last time I did an interview this long I was on cocaine…. It was called ‘Staying Strong’”
Throughout the documentary, they show multiple aspects of her life. They have pictures and videos from her past, and media that was very recent, like videos of her with Joe and Nick Jonas, and her with her ex-boyfriend, Wilmer.
Lovato talks about many things, such as her drug addiction, eating disorder, her break up, and dating. Lovato reveals that when she was younger, she was frequently bullied. Once, a girl made a suicide petition that got passed around for people to sign. She also got called “fat,” and a “whore.” Shortly after, her eating disorder began. She struggled with Depression from a young age and has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
Demi and manager, Phil McIntyre, recall Demi’s point of surrender. He explains,”I worked with everyone on the team. Business managers, agents, attorneys, everybody, to say, ‘If Phil walks, we walk.’ This was the showdown of all showdowns.”
Demi explains that this approach worked because she was so upset at the thought of losing everyone.
She now takes meds, tries to have a healthy diet, and works out regularly. She’s over five years sober, with major success. But she admits that even still some things are rough. She still sometimes struggles with her eating disorder and her breakup.
The overwhelming majority of viewers have felt touched by the documentary. Responses are including people saying how brave she is, and how they have a newfound respect for her. One deep youtube comment reads,”As someone who has followed you since the beginning, who hurt and felt joy along with you and your music, who faced sexual harassment/assault on multiple occasions throughout my life, bullying since elementary, fighting depression/anxiety/PTSD since I can remember, got hit by a car and barely survived with brain injuries, broken bones, and lost memory, and just this year got diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders…I just want to thank you. 🖤 Thank you for being you, for letting us in on a part of your life that has helped so many of us facing similar situations recognize that we are not alone in this world. Thank you for being the voice for us who are too afraid to speak, for bringing awareness to a topic surrounded by so much stigma, for the foundation you created to help others, you’re a true warrior.”