The ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer has been open about her struggles with mental health, and in a poignant interview with TV host Dr. Phil, the singer opened up about her experience with depression and other mental health problems. Speaking about her desire to die at just age seven, she said: “I knew if I were to take my own life that the pain would end”. She has also struggled with alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder. Speaking about the cause of her suicidal thoughts, the 25-year-old said that they were driven by “sadness, loneliness, and depression” and were linked to unresolved issues that she had with her birth father, who was unable to look after the family due to his own mental health issues.
However, Lovato also talks about the progress she has made regarding her relationship with her father, saying, “Now I’ve got older and I’ve been able to grieve the loss of him and I’ve been able to step back and look from a distance that he was mentally ill and it wasn’t his heart that meant to abandon me, I’ve been able to overcome his loss and understand where everything went wrong. And that sadness has been going away”.
The singer was recently joined by DJ Khaled and Kehlani during a performance in New York as she celebrated her sixth anniversary of being sober. Regarding how she feels now, the singer says she has overcome many battles and is still working on improving herself: “I’m growing and I’m in a really good place today”.
With the exposure of mental health awareness growing, more opportunities and services are being provided to ensure that those experiencing mental health problems can be helped.
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