Demi Lovato: Getting Drunk Is “Poisoning Yourself”
Demi Lovato’s perspective on drinking and drugs has changed significantly since getting sober, and she hopes others will embrace her viewpoint. She tells Cosmopolitan for Latinas, “When you turn 21 the first thing you think about is alcohol. I want to change that.” “I have fans that are going to turn 21 and I want them to know that there are other ways you can celebrate, not just by poisoning yourself and getting yourself into trouble or getting hurt and then going to the hospital, or even just wasting it on drinks when you could be doing stuff for others or celebrating the fact that you made it to 21 years alive,” explains the star.
Lovato spent her 21st birthday last year on a charity trip, and admits to the magazine that when she reflects on her partying years, “I think, ‘OK, it was fun at the time, but looking back I don’t remember a lot.’” “I had birthdays where there were a ton of people and everyone was drinking and going crazy. None of those people are still in my life today. Because they didn’t care about me and… I didn’t really care about them — I just wanted to party,” admits the singer.
Lovato also has new insight into self-esteem, and imparts some wisdom on the subject of beauty. “For most people, growing up and all the changes you go through physically and emotionally are not easy. I can say the same for myself. It hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve finally felt beautiful based on my definition,” she tells the magazine. Lovato says “it’s definitely important for young girls to realize being who you truly are makes you beautiful,” and notes that “it means different things for everyone.” “For me, loving and accepting my flaws as well as embracing all the things that make me unique makes me feel beautiful,” says the former child star.