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Demi Lovato On How She Deals with Haters on Social Media

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By Robin Burks

Anyone who has ever been on social media has pretty much had a bad experience from trolls, haters and negative people. However, being a celebrity on social media means that kind of behavior is magnified, often to the point that many stars end up leaving social media due to all the hateful bile that is thrown their way. Demi Lovato, though, has a way of dealing with the haters, and she revealed this recently to Ashley Graham on the Pretty Big Deal podcast.

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The secret to social media

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Lovato opened up about how social media is often a problem for her, in and of itself. She said:

“I’ll admit, I have a few friends that are just so insanely beautiful that like, I love them to death, but even seeing my friends, I’ll be like, ‘Ugh, why don’t I look like that?’” Lovato shared. “Then I’m like those are my friends, and in a normal situation, I would unfollow because it’s triggering for me, but these are people I love and I just happen to be friends with these people that are sex symbols and are ridiculously good-looking.”

“I love blocking people. I love blocking people I know. I love blocking people I don’t know. It’s just so great!"

Lovato's struggle with mental health

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Lovato has had a long struggle with drug addiction and mental health. In 2018, she was hospitalized after a drug overdose. She also spoke to Graham about her eating disorder. Lovato said:

"I think when you have certain people around you that are telling you certain things that you should look a certain way, it makes it harder. I was in that situation, and I was just running myself into the ground. I honestly think that's kind of what led to everything happening over the past year was just me thinking I found recovery when I didn't, and then living this kind of lie and trying to tell the world I was happy with myself when I really wasn't."

Learning to love herself

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Lovato, though, is a fighter. The singer, who once asked "what's wrong with being confident?" in a song also revealed another way she prefers to tackle social media. In September, 2019, she posted an unedited photo of herself in a bikini. Fans praised her for her embracing body positivity. The image's caption read:

“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited — and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got.”

Return to the public spotlight

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Lovato made headlines after her emotional performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards singing "Anyone," a song she recorded just before her drug overdose. She released a recording of that performance, which broke BIllboard's Hot 100 chart and has amassed over 7 million streams and 40,000 downloads, making it her first #1 song on the Digital Sales Charts. She followed that up with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem at the 2020 Super Bowl.

Lovato is now back, better than ever, and fans are grateful that she toughed it out through her difficult times and love her for being honest about her struggles.

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