Demi Lovato To Spend 21st Birthday Giving Back, Not Getting Wasted

Photo: (Getty, MTV Act)

Photo: (Getty, MTV Act)

Most people spend their 21st birthdays downing shots and taking Instagram pics they’ll someday regret, but singer and “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato has something verrrry different in mind: a sober, charity-filled trip to Africa.

“I’m actually going to go to Africa. I am just going to do a bunch of charity stuff,” she revealed in an interview on “The Ralphie Show.” “I feel like the best way to celebrate anyone’s birthday is just giving back and helping others.” The “Made in the USA” singer, who spent time in rehab in 2010, feels blessed to have made it to this milestone birthday and doesn’t think anyone should spoil it by getting wasted. “Birthdays are all about celebrating life, and people are very blessed to even make it to 21,” she told Ralphie. “So the last thing I think anyone should be doing on their birthday is poisoning themselves [by drinking].”

Demi will be heading to Africa with her mom and sister, Dallas. She unfortunately lost her biological father to cancer last month, but remains ever-positive and optimistic. We admire Demi’s strength and honesty in discussing issues that many young people go through. She has grown into a wonderful role model, and we are sure she’ll continue to inspire for many birthdays to come.

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