Demi Lovato revealed that Kelly Clarkson inspired her to be more open about her depression and mental health issues.
Clarkson, 38, was candid with Lovato on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” about her “daily effort” to maintain a positive attitude.
“I love how open you are about mental health because I have similar problems and suffer from depression,” Clarkson told Lovato. “I think a lot of people, especially in the creative world or even from childhood, even, [are] kind of training to keep going and ‘you can handle it’, especially as a woman it’s like ‘don’t let them see you sweat.’ “
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Lovato called the alum “American Idol” her “first idol” of which she was a huge fan. “I would not be the artist or person that I am so open and vulnerable and brave if I had not had to admire him, so I thank him for that,” he told Clarkson.
The singer of “Sober” added: “I saw you as my idol while growing up.” You are brave and brave and real like f – k, you know? I love that about you. When I was younger, I always thought, “If I succeed, I want to be like her because she is real and genuine.”
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Although Clarkson appreciated the feelings, he admitted that being happy is not as easy as it sounds.
“It takes work. I think everyone looks at us, even when you get past something, they say, ‘OK, she’s already gotten over that.’ I’m like, ‘No, no, no, that’s a daily effort to try to be positive.'” said the mother of two children.
She concluded, “That’s not a fact, like you just did it and went to a magic therapy session and it’s over. I think that’s something daily that you work on and something daily that I exercise.”
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Clarkson, who recently filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock, has been opening up more about her mental health issues in recent weeks. In a candid interview with Glamor UK, she revealed that she had to seek therapy to deal with the abandonment issues she suffered when her father left her early in her life.
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Lovato is also very open with her fans about her depression. In 2018, she had an almost fatal overdose. Since then, she has written emotional songs detailing the state of mind she was in at the time and how she is overcoming it.