After a fan threw a Barbie doll onstage at a Demi Lovato concert in Brazil this weekend, the body-positive star made a big statement.
“I spent my whole life trying to be this and trying to look like this," Demi told her fans. “And guess what? I’m not this. And it means the world to me that you guys still love me no matter what.”
Having struggled publicly with eating disorders, self-harm and mental health issues, the now healthy and happy singer takes every opportunity to remind her fans that, like her, they'll make it through.
“I’ve been through so much in my 20 years of life,” Demi went on to say. "I know how you guys feel and I want to show you guys that you can get through it because I’m living proof right here.”
With these words, Demi threw the Barbie back into the crowd at Rio de Janeiro's Z Festival and went into an emotional performance of her hit single "Skyscraper." Watch the video above of her incredible performance.
Inspiring messages like this are a big part of what her many fans love about Demi. As one fan wrote in a birthday letter to Demi, "I stay strong for your sake... You are a true inspiration for us Lovatics."
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