Demi Lovato Says No to Teen Bullying: ‘We Can Make a Difference’
Demi Lovato has inspired millions of kids to go for their dreams as one of Disney’s most popular young stars.
Now, the 18-year-old is speaking out against teen bullying. Lovato revealed that she, too, was a victim of teen bullying and has lent her voice to the PACER Center’s “Teens Against Bullying” campaign.
“People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true,” she wrote on PACER’s “Teens Against Bulling” Web site. “Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten.”
Putting a stop to teen bullying.
“I’m so lucky to work with the organizations I’m involved with and, honestly, giving back is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. If you can touch just one life, it’s all worth it. I’ve partnered with PACER’s ‘Teens Against Bullying’ for years and it’s a great place where you can find tips and helpful information on bullying and what you can do to stop it. I’m confident that together we can make a difference.”
Advice to budding teen stars.
“Work really hard and never give up. I’m so incredibly blessed to be able to get to do what I love every day, but there are always ups and downs in everything and you have to stick with it, even through the rough patches.”
Watching out for little sis, Madison De La Garza of Desperate Housewives.
“I’m so proud of my little sister and all she has accomplished so far. I always remind her to try and focus on the positive things in life. This can be a rough industry at times, but as long as you’re confident in who you are, that’s what’s really important.”
She never lets competition get in the way of her friendships with Miley Cyrus and other young stars.
“I think being in the same business actually helps us relate to each other because we go through the same experiences. It helps to have people to talk to who really get it because they have been there before. And I try to ignore gossip as much as possible and focus on positive things in my life.”
Her fans come first.
“I have the best fans in the entire world! They are the reason that I get to do what I love and I hope to inspire them as much as they inspire me.”
Going virtual with the release of Disney Sing It: Party Hits for Wii and PlayStation 3, where she serves as the game’s vocal coach.
“I do karaoke when I’m feeling spontaneous and will sing a song that matches whatever mood I’m in! I always loved singing along to Kelly Clarkson; she’s one of my idols.”
Her dream duet partner.
“There are so many talented artists I would love to work with. So many people inspire me — I can’t pick just one.”