TITLE: Simply Complicated
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Demi Lovato along with friends and family, talks about her experiences growing up, her eating disorder, being bipolar, drug addiction, and more importantly, how she’s recovering.
WARNING: Drug use and addiction
Sometimes without realizing it, I get it sucked into the vortex that is the internet. That’s how I somehow found myself watching Demi Lovato’s Simply Complicated documentary on YouTube. Not sure how it happened, but I’m glad I watched it.
There’s not a lot public people who are as honest and forthcoming with their personal issues as Lovato has been in recent years. She does so in a manner where it’s obvious she’s not proud of herself, and it is obvious she’s had difficult time coping with a plethora of issues from eating disorders to her drug abuse. I like that she’d offered almost an hour talking about her mental illness as well as recovery because it shows us a couple of things:
- Fame and fortune is not all that glamorous
- It is possible to get help, receive help, and come out of it better and stronger
- Not everyone is perfect, not even our role models
I think in not shying away from her past shows that she is a good role model because at least she’s being honest about who she is and what she’s been through. What’s even better is that she’s honest about her recovery too. She herself has her good days and her bad days, and its things she continues to struggle with.
She talks about growing up, the pressure she felt from her success, how her drug addiction started, and eventually how she realized she needed help and how she achieved getting better. None of what she said was entirely shocking, but it is odd to me to hear someone talk about it the way she does.
One thing that stood out to me were the people in her team that helped her. After watching this, I do think that she was able to come out of it alive because of the strong support system she had around. Part of me thinks that if it weren’t for them, she might still be deep in her addictions, perhaps worse.
On an another note, the documentary does offer an inside look into how she’s developed and made her latest album, Tell Me You Love Me. However, I didn’t really care about this aspect of the documentary and skipped it. But, that’s just me.
I wasn’t planning on watching it or even write about it, but her story touched me. As someone who grew up watching Camp Rock on the Disney channel, and who later on did experience my own mental health issues, it is always reassuring to see others speak about their own. It lets me know that I’m not the only one and that although recovery is one long road, it is worth it.