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Kelly Clarkson Talks Depression Struggles With Demi Lovato

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By Chris Barilla

For a new episode of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show,' the award-winning singer and personality took some time to sit down for a video chat discussion with Demi Lovato.

Aside from the 'Disney' alum gushing over the opportunity to speak with Clarkson in such a format, the latter got very candid about her personal struggles with depression, something she has not opened up much about, in an effort to relate and further the discussion with Lovato about her own issues with those emotions.

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"I love how open you are about mental health because I have similar issues, and I suffer from depression," Clarkson started off commending Lovato. "I think a lot of people, especially in the creative world or just from childhood even, [are] kind of trained to just keep going and 'you can handle it,' especially as a woman it’s like, ‘Don’t let them see you sweat."

Demi agreed, grateful to be hearing the words of wisdom from someone she has looked up to in the industry for years.

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"You were, like, the first idol that I ever had, and I wouldn’t be the artist or even the person that I am with being so outspoken, and vulnerable, and fearless if I hadn’t had you to look up to," Lovato said about how Clarkson's public image and career helped shape a younger Lovato into making certain decisions that culminated in her own success. Clarkson was grateful for the praise, but admitted that reaching that point of solidity in her own head and being able to project it to others took some serious work.

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"Even when you overcome something, they’re like, 'OK, she’s already overcome it.' I’m like, 'No, no that’s a daily effort in, like, trying to be positive….That’s not, like, a given. Like, you’re just over it, and you went to some magical therapy session, and it’s over,'" Clarkson said in reference to seeking help for the issues she wrestled with for quite some time.

Beyond their discussion about mental health, the pair also made comments about the current societal unrest in America and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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"I think the first step is educating ourselves," Lovato said of the developing situation.

"We have a lot of time on our hands right now. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be watching these movies and absorbing all the information that we possibly can about what’s going on in the world. And then, from there, we’ve seen it all over the media that being silent and being not racist is not enough anymore," she continued to mention, a sentiment that Clarkson agreed with.

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