Demi Lovato is gaining a lot of praise and attention after she posted a picture of herself in a bikini celebrating her cellulite. The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer has had a rough go recently, as just over a year ago she suffered an extremely serious drug overdose that kept her hospitalized for quite some time. Since then, she's been working hard to stay on the right path, which includes loving her body the way it is.
Lovato, a former Disney star, posted a raw real picture on her Instagram page, and explained that she was tired of being ashamed of her body because other people say she should be.
It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit. Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem.. 🙏🏼🙌🏼🤷🏻♀️ also. Just so everyone’s clear.. I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. 💗 #nationalcelulliteday#celluLIT 🔥🔥🔥
Lovato's post was well-received, and people commended her for showing her true self.
"YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!! Don’t ever care what ppl think!!!!" wrote Teen Mom star Catelynn Baltierra.
"Showing us YOU is so incredibly beautiful. Thank you Demi! Love you Mama!" commented model Ashley Graham.
YOU did this. YOU," wrote Lovato's manager Scooter Braun. "YOU are amazing...YOU are smart...you are beautiful... you are wonderful... you are brave...and you are kind. And I’m proud of YOU. Hell Im proud to know YOU! Bravo for loving YOU first and in turn inspiring millions. 👏👏👏👏🔥🔥🔥🔥"
"You never have to meet ANYONE ELSES STANDARDS EVER AGAIN, YOU ARE FREE!!" Lovato's mom Diana exclaimed. "So FLY, Baby Girl - set the world on fire. DO IT!!🤠🤠🤠"
This isn't the first time that Lovato has spoken about her body this year. In March, she responded to a headline in a magazine that said she was sporting a "fuller" figure. Lovato said that while in the past she would have lost sleep over this comment, now she's learned to ignore it.
I am more than my weight. Unlike the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes. Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture.
Too many people base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weight. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking. If you're reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape.
Lovato has always been open about her struggles with bod image and addiction issues. In 2012, the actress/singer spoke with Katie Couric about her stint in a rehab facility where she was treated for bulimia.
“Treatment was so difficult at first, I remember walking around saying ‘I’m in prison!’” Lovato told Couric. “They needed to have those strict rules in order for me to understand how sick I was. I wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom by myself. We had specific phone times. There are tons of things you weren’t allowed to have, you weren’t allowed to have certain hair products or whatever that you could injure yourself with or possibly drink and you were just stripped of a lot of things. I also had somebody watching over me every single time I ate. And if I didn’t finish what was on my plate, and often times I would cry because I physically couldn’t stomach it and if that happened I would have to have little consequences, nothing horrible just not being able to go to the cafeteria to eat.”
Being a celebrity obviously means you have access to more opportunities, but things like body image issues and mental health problems aren't just limited to those who live "normal" lives. Seeing Lovato be so open about her struggles is a great way of showing younger fans that while your body may not be society's version of "perfect," that doesn't mean you can't love yourself.