When Demi Lovato went to rehab last year, the gossip world was abuzz with trying to figure out what went wrong for the seemingly perfect Disney starlet. Now, Demi’s back in the spotlight with a message – love is louder than the pressure to be perfect.
In the May issue of Seventeen, on newsstands next week, Demi opens up about the pressures that led her to turn to unhealthy behaviors like cutting, starving herself, and purging. “One of the reasons I was so unhappy for years was because I never embraced my emotions and I was trying to stay in control,” she admits in the Seventeen interview. The pressure to be thin, pretty, talented, and hardworking came to a dramatic crescendo in November, when in a much-publicized incident she punched a backup dancer before heading to rehab.
While in rehab, Demi learned how to love herself for who she is, and found healthy ways of coping. But she’s not the only girl who’s had to deal with this problem – a 2011 Seventeen/Yahoo! study found that a whopping 80% of young women feel the pressure to be perfect in everything to do. Now, Demi and Seventeen are joining the Love is Louder movement started by The Jed Foundation and MTV to tell teen and college-age girls that “Love is Louder Than the Pressure to Be Perfect.” In a new video, a confident Demi talks about ways to take control when the pressure gets to be too much.
Since September 2010, Love is Louder has been turning up the volume on a key message – that love is louder than any voices that bring us down, cause us pain and make us feel hopeless. Actress Brittany Snow, along with a host of other celebs like Act faves Trey Songz and Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore, have joined with young people nationwide to shout out the movement loud and clear, by making videos where they discuss what love is louder than for them or writing “love is louder” on their hands.
Take a stand with Demi and tell the world that love and support are more important than negative pressures – or just tell a girl in your life (a friend, a sister, or even that girl in the mirror) that she’s perfect just the way she is.