Demi Lovato's speech on opening night of the Democratic National Convention took a very personal turn, as the singer spoke candidly about her battle with mental illness and the role she says politicians should take in ensuring care for others struggling with it.
“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness. But I’m lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility,” the 23-year-old said. “Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, either because they fear the stigma or because they can’t afford treatment.”
The singer — who has previously spoken about struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as eating disorders and substance abuse issues — went on to urge politicians to support laws that provide better access to healthcare and support for everyone. “This is not about politics, it is simply the right thing to do,” she said.
“I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness,” she continued. “I am proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people with mental health conditions get the care they need to live fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton. Let’s make her the next president of the United States of America.”
Lovato then went on to perform her hit song “Confident.”
A number of stars are expected at this week’s DNC in Philadelphia, including Lena Dunham, America Ferrera and Star Jones.