Kirstin Says: Demi Lovato Is Finally Being Taken Seriously As An Artist Because Of Her Issues — Should Other Starlets Be More Honest Too?

Tue, September 27, 2011 8:25pm EST by 13 Comments

Demi Lovato can’t be the only teen starlet going through emotional and physical issues. Do you think other young singers and actresses should be more upfront with their struggles?

If you would have told me this time last year everything that was about to happen with Demi Lovato‘s career, I would have been shocked — I honestly had no clue just how talented she actually is. After listening to Demi’s cover of “How to Love,” I think it’s safe to say she’s is the most musically gifted Disney starlet we’ve ever had, next to Christina Aguilera. That said, I bet she would have stayed in the “Disney bubble” if she hadn’t gone through rehab.

It wasn’t that long ago the 19-year-old performer was on tour with the Jonas Brothers performing songs from the Disney movie, Camp Rock. Now, less than a year later, she’s garnered the respect of producers like Missy Elliott and Timbaland — and it’s not just because she’s suddenly discovered how to belt.

I credit much of the industry’s new found respect for Demi to her honesty about the emotional and physical issues with which she’s been struggling for years. Suddenly, she didn’t seem like a one-dimensional perky Disney starlet — she seems like a true artist.

Currently, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are also going through a transitional time, trying to break out of their Disney stereotypes. For Miley, she’s attempting the “bad girl” route, AKA showing more skin, being wild and adult. Meanwhile, Selena, 19, is riding the fence of child and adult by maintaining a “good girl” image, but trying to branch out the scope of her music by making her concert a “PG-13 rave.”

Honestly, I’m not sure Miley or Selena are going to be as successful as Demi has been with breaking out of the Disney machine and into the real world, simply because neither of them have publicly gone through an incident that makes them relatable to the real world.

Now, I’m not saying everyone should come out with sob stories about eating disorders and self mutilation. Not everyone goes through that. However, no one’s life is a bed of roses: growing up, Selena struggled with poverty. Also, she’s clearly had a hard time managing her nutrition and schedule — she wound up in the hospital a couple months ago! Instead of brushing incidences like these aside, I have to wonder if she’d be taken more seriously by the adult world if she was upfront about the gnarlier parts of her life. Sometimes being soo polished can be a turn off; especially in the world of the arts where grittier stories make a person.

The same goes for Miley. Although she’s had a few bumps in the road — the bong incident, her parents’ relationship and racy pics, to name a few — her team has done an excellent job of brushing them aside as though there’s nothing to it.

Plus, Demi hasn’t necessarily alienated her younger fans with her story. In fact, she says she’s a better role model now than she ever was while on the Disney Channel. While I still maintain Demi has stronger pipes than Selena or Miley (which definitely plays a role in breaking into the adult world), I think the other girls should take Demi’s lead and start opening up when they go through less than perfect times. The Shirley Temple act has been great, but now it’s time to move on.

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Posted at 3:49 PM on September 28, 2011  

@dumas1000 Posted at 8:52 PM on September 27, 2011

of a celebrity i would like be positively entertaining and not some horror stories about puking, cut, drugs or other listen
And I’m sure … Demi Lovato … once disturbed … always disturbed!

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Posted at 10:23 AM on September 28, 2011  

Actually, Miley Cyrus HAS gone through a hardship that makes her relatable to other teenage girls and young women. For over 3 years she’s been publicly bullied online for expressing and exploring her sexuality. This happens to a lot of girls, and many end up suicidal because of it. Not only does this happen to heterosexual teenage girls, but it also happens to gay and bisexual teens. Instead of giving in to the haters, Miley has fought for her rights and continued to be who SHE wants to be, not who people tell her to be.

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Posted at 2:46 PM on June 12, 2012  

Yep, Miley is real, she listens to her heart not to the people

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Posted at 8:37 AM on September 28, 2011  

well considering how demi’s album sold less than her previous one then i suppose all her rehab pr isn’t going well for her so….

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Posted at 8:55 AM on September 28, 2011  

Uhm.. her album sold less? It’s been out for like a weak or something at this point, ok? In a couple of months or more it may have sold more. Unfortunately I can’t buy the album yet in Denmark :(

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Posted at 5:21 AM on September 28, 2011  

I agree that Demi has probably more talent than her ‘rival’ Disney princesses but each has to transition into adulthood in their own way whether its sweeping things under a rug after you spill ‘em out à-la-Cyrus or by keeping things to your self like Gomez does.
Demi clearly will have more chances of surviving into the adult world because she had to learn the hard way how to deal with real problems, and like most mature adults is willing to discuss and learn from her mistakes instead of ignoring them or hiding them.

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Posted at 3:14 AM on September 28, 2011  

Chris Brown and Demi Lovato have lost her self-control. Only, he got a penalty and she has bought the silence!
Why treat all Demi Lovato different than Chris Brown? Are not all equal before the law?
My new path to fame .. f*** up – go to rehab – Song make – all love me again – all is forgotten – with other words .. a Demi Lovato number!
Stop!, properly … i am not Demi Lovato – me they would condemn how Chirs Brown

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Posted at 2:19 AM on September 28, 2011  

Why does someone have to fall before their rise to be considered serious?

Selena is consistently good. Growing her career, exploring and being extremely honest. When has consistency and smooth transitions been a bad thing?

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Posted at 3:30 PM on September 29, 2011  

couldn’t have said it better myself, I agree 100% with you

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Posted at 8:52 PM on September 27, 2011  

As far as honesty goes, there is no celebrity on the face of the planet who is more brutally honest then Miley Cyrus. Selena holds a lot back to protect her imagine and I do believe that her mainstream appeal is damaged because people want to feel as if they somehow know their celebrities and Selena is too guarded. Like Miley takes a stand in favor of gay marriage, because that’s what she believes and that’s fine. Selena, on the other hand, has never taken a stand on anything. She has never chosen sides on any remotely controversial topic. I guess Selena just doesn’t have an opinion on anything.

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Posted at 10:01 PM on September 27, 2011  

I guess Selena is actually an insecure and overprotected girl

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Posted at 3:23 PM on February 17, 2012  

Just because selena keeps a good image, doesnt perform half-naked and doesnt have eating disorders doesnt mean shes insecure or overprotected. theres nothing wrong with keeping your performance and songs pg 13

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Posted at 8:51 PM on September 27, 2011  

Honest truth is, most people did not know that Demi Lovato even existed until she had her breakdown and that is what catipulted her from being nothing more than a Disney star to a mainstream star. If anything, her meteoric rise is an indictment on what it wrong with our society. You cannot blame Demi Lovato for that. She has in a way benefited greatly from her past bad behavior, but it’s not as if she planned it like this. It just sorta happened.

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