Even though Demi hadn’t spoken to her father in nearly five years, the singer revealed that she is still grieving hard over his death. Her estranged father’s sad passing has actually made Demi realize how important he was to her life, and has also inspired her to start a new charity in his memory.
Demi Lovato and her father, Patrick Lovato, 53, were not on speaking terms when he died suddenly on June 23 — they hadn’t been in nearly half a decade. “But at the end of the day he’s still my dad,” Demi sweetly said on Good Morning America on June 27. In the new interview the 20-year-old singer explained her complicated relationship with her father, how she’s handling his sudden death, and the amazing lengths she’s going to to remember him.
Demi Lovato Speaks Out About Father’s Death
“I’m handling it okay,” Demi told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. “My father and I didn’t have the most ideal relationship but at the end of the day he’s still my dad.”
Demi and her father had been estranged for nearly five years, the singer revealed in an interview with New York Daily News. Like her, Patrick was also struggling with mental health and addiction problems, and Demi revealed that she cut off communication with him after he “let her down” over and over again.
“It’s difficult,” Demi continued. “I grew up with him and he’s a wonderful person, but I’m handling it okay.”
Demi Announces The Lovato Treatment Scholarship
Demi also revealed that she is making big moves in an effort to remember her father. During the GMA interview, Demi announced the Lovato Treatment Scholarship, a program in conjunction with CAST Recovery that will cover expenses of treatment for one person who is struggling with mental health or addiction issues at a time.
“I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” Demi said, explaining how her father’s death inspired her to take a more hands-on role in raising awareness and helping others with conditions similar to hers and her father’s. “My father dealt with mental illnesses and he wasn’t able to function in society and that happens to a lot of people,” Demi stated.
The way Demi is dealing with her father’s sad death is so admirable. She isn’t wallowing in the pain; she’s working to make herself and the world better! What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
For more information about Demi’s new Lovato Treatment Scholarship, you can go to CASTRecovery.com.
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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