I know, “functioning like a happy person” doesn’t sound very..organically happy. But I can assure you Demi Lovato is KILLING IT in the life department!
Nearly five years since she checked herself into rehab and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the singer has been keeping herself pretty busy, and I don’t mean knitting or gardening. The pop singer just announced her joint campaign with five mental-health organizations, called Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, on Thursday, opened up about her life and happiness, right now:
On the status of her own happiness: “I’m living well with my mental illness – I am actually functioning like a very happy person would,” Lovato tells PEOPLE. “I couldn’t be happier today. Life is really, really great. I have a brand-new puppy and I’m able to not only take care of myself but take care of him as well. I’m living my dream. Life is pretty amazing.”
On having the support of her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama: “He’s been so helpful when it comes to being a part of my support group…And he’s one of those people who’s stuck by my side from day one of me getting help and saying, ‘Listen, I’m not going to be a ‘yes’ person,'” she says. “Someone that just says ‘yes’ to you because they’re afraid of what will happen to them because they don’t want to get out of the circle. ”
On how people can help combat mental illness: “It’s about speaking up for your community, which is taking action, whether it’s writing a letter to Congress and telling them how this is affecting you and your life and how you would like to see mental health care more accessible in your community. There’s so many different ways you can help. I think together as a country we have to step up and we have to do something about this issue that is becoming quite an epidemic.”
Hear, hear Demi! Man, at only 22, and doing so much. Can you imagine what she’ll have accomplished at 44?