Demi Lovato almost died. The singer/actress/TV host (and now author) was a tween idol before graduating from high school, but with her fame came eating disorders, cutting, bullying, and later rehab. Now, though, she’s so devoted to her recovery that she’s written an inspirational book, called “Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year,” and has finally embraced her position as a role model.
“I was called a role model the second I made it in the industry, and I never felt like one until I started doing the work and making decisions that I wanted my little sister to be OK with,” she tells Zap2it and a small group of reporters following the “X Factor” top 12 elimination show.
But she wouldn’t have gotten to that place without that detour. In fact, she credits her spiral with turning her whole life around. “The harsh reality is that I wouldn’t be alive,” she says. “I wouldn’t have a book or be a judge; I wouldn’t be alive! At one point people didn’t think I was going to make it.”
The book takes the philosophies she uses in her own life and puts them into an easily digestible form, a collection of 365 daily affirmations “that steady her days and strengthen her resolve,” promises the book. Sample goal: “Think about one thing you’ve been holding back on doing and start doing it today. Be fearless.”
Explains Lovato, “The book [contains] a daily faith and a daily quote that either I have written or someone else has written, and then I put my thoughts on it and try to make people relate and have a goal for the day. It’s iust a way to try to inspire people and make the world a better place and make people find their happiness. Ultimately happiness is a choice and we all have to stay strong.”
It’s clear Lovato really lives by the philosophies in her book, taking pride in her accomplishments instead of assuming a false modesty that many celebrities think will make them seem more down-to-Earth. “I have always wanted to be an actress and a singer and now an author,” she says. “I am so happy to check that off my list. I couldn’t be more proud of myself, actually! People don’t say that a lot about themselves.”
She also employs the tactics in her book with her “X Factor” contestants. “My first mentoring session was sitting down with my girls and asking them about their insecurities and what were they feeling,” she says. “It was a therapy session to get to know them. Whatever they needed from me as a mentor I wanted to give it to them.”
“Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year” is available online and in book stores on Tuesday, Nov. 19.