Demi Lovato is currently in Kenya on a charity trip for Me to We and Free The Children, and she celebrated her 21st birthday there on Tuesday. Cool, right? Especially since the Maasai surprised her with an awesome birthday party and gave her a goat as a gift! Not that she can take it back with her to the States, but like they say with any present: it’s the thought that counts.
Here’s a bunch of stuff from Demi about her trip – a video of her cool birthday party, a tweet with a picture, her statement, etc. Happy birthday, Demi!
“With 21 being a milestone birthday, I wanted a memorable and meaningful way to celebrate, rather than throw a big birthday bash. I knew traveling with Me to We and volunteering with Free The Children would give me the opportunity to have a life-changing experience I would never forget, with the people closest to me.
“Also having worked with the organization over this past year, it’s been great to see first-hand the wonderful work that is being done as a result of all the incredible efforts of young people around the nation.”
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) August 21, 2013
Btw… No big deal or anything but… One of Maasai communities gave me a GOAT for my birthday!!!!!! ???????????? …I named him billy. ????
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) August 22, 2013
August 22, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Glee‘s fifth season is going to be a bit of a strange one, what with Cory Monteith’s death and the fact that it is, after all, Glee. However, the show must go on, as they say, and once back from the planned hiatus, some big things are in store, including Demi Lovato joining the show for at least a six episode arc. Apparently she’ll play Dani, an artist who befriends Lea Michele‘s Rachel and Naya Rivera‘s Santana in New York.
From TV Line:
According to sources, Lovato (who turns 21 on Tuesday) will play Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s. She will also interact frequently with Adam Lambert’s incoming character, and the pair will have several musical numbers together.
Oh right, I forgot Adam Lambert is joining the show, as well. So is Glee going all Will & Grace? I mean, I know they’ve always had “guest stars” and stuff, but take it down a few notches, guys.
I like Demi well enough, I have to say, so I’d be interested to see how she does on the show. Not interested enough to actually watch it, but you know… never say never. This is her first big acting job since Sonny with a Chance.
August 20, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Demi Lovato has finally released a follow-up single to ‘Heart Attack’. That song was so good, it’s hard to imagine anything could get better. Don’t worry, this isn’t better, but it’s still pretty catchy and I can dig it. ‘Made in the USA’ is a weird ass song/song title, but it’s set in a carnival and I love carnivals, so I’ll get behind it.
Even if this song was terrible, we all need to stand behind it because anything is better to report on than Barney saving her from suicide or any other stories about death, drugs and depression. I need some levity, people! Let’s take what we can get.
July 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
We all know by now that Demi Lovato has dealt with some serious depression, addiction and self-harm issues in her life, but did you know she was suicidal as a 7-year-old? Holy shit. Apparently it was around the time she booked her gig on Barney, which, incidentally, she feels saved her life.
“At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling. Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who’s ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child’s heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it.
“Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was 7. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way… I’ve talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I’ve never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out.”
July 2, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Demi Lovato‘s father, from whom she became estranged due to his addiction issues for many years, passed away earlier this month and now she’s launching a treatment scholarship in his name. The scholarship will pay for a person to receive treatment at Cast Recovery. Below, her tweets announcing the scholarship:
And from Cast Recovery’s website:
Demi Lovato has partnered with CAST Recovery to create The Lovato Treatment Scholarship in honor of her dad, Patrick Lovato, who passed away in part due to untreated mental health and addiction issues.
Demi has battled these issues throughout her life, and she understands what’s at stake. At the same time, effective treatment is costly, and many can’t afford the care they need.
The Lovato Treatment Scholarship will cover expenses for someone struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues, including the costs for one of CAST Recovery’s transitional living homes, as well as the clinical services provided at CAST’s outpatient program.
Demi knows the CAST Recovery team well. She continues to work with them directly, and trusts that their programs offer some of the best services available.
Can’t argue with that – what a great way of turning a negative into a positive. This could definitely help people in need.
June 28, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Demi Lovato cancelled an appearance at a photoshoot for The X Factor late last week after it was revealed that her biological father had passed away. Apparently she’s had a pretty messed up relationship with him over the years (he abandoned the family and they were estranged for most of her life) but they may or may not have reconciled after she went to rehab.
Patrick Lovato had dealt with cancer and was desperate to have a relationship with Demi and her older sister Dallas since falling ill. It seems to have partially happened, at least with Dallas, who tweeted the following:
Rest in peace daddy I love you..
— Dallas Lovato (@dallaslovato) June 22, 2013
My thoughts are with you Demi. X
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 23, 2013
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) June 22, 2013
For all the shit Demi gets, I like her and think she’s a good kid. Hope she’s okay!