Demi Lovato Speaks About Mental Illness, Performs “Confident” At Democratic Convention: Watch
First Lady Michelle Obama and Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren were hands-down highlights of day one of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, all four firing up the party with their respective, impassioned speeches. But the roster of speakers inside Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center wasn’t entirely made of politicians, as Demi Lovato and Paul Simon were also on hand to provide a little musical entertainment.
Before launching into a performance of her 2015 hit “Confident,” Lovato opened up about her reasons for being a Clinton supporter.
“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” she began. “But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment. Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide, substance abuse and long-term medical issues.”
She later added, “I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness. I am proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people with mental health conditions get the care they need to live fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton. Let’s make her the next president of the United States of America.”
Brave words, Demi. And, hey — it sure beats watching Scott Baio or the guy from Duck Dynasty at the Republican convention, no?