by: emily ram, '17
At 24 years of age, hours after the release of her candid Glamour November cover story, Demi Lovato tweets, “So excited for 2017. Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media,”
After 5 debut albums, an outstanding tour and pictures posted on Snapchat and Twitter, Lovato made her decision to take a break in 2017 from the spotlight, and focus on herself. As many loyal fans were highly disappointed with the choice, others saw it as a breakthrough for her to truly put herself first. It is with no surprise that fame comes with a whole ton of paparazzi, stress, responsibilities and the consistent ignorance of those out there who do not support her decisions. Going back to Lovato’s tweet confirming the break, it seems to suggest that “her decision was prompted by recent press and social media scrutiny.” (seventeen.com) At the end of the day, Lovato is human, and deserves to make this choice as she pleases.
Recently, it was known that Lovato had just gone through a split from 6 year partner, Wilmer Valderrama, and personal situations, it is noted that “This hasn’t been an easy year for Demi,” an insider told PEOPLE shortly after the breakup, but “she’s making sure to surround herself with family and friends.” (people.com)
One notable feud that occurred was the sub Lovato expressed towards Taylor Swift.Former disney star bashed Taylor Swift back in February 2015 for not “speaking nor taking something to Capitol Hill." (usmagazine.com) Lovato voiced her opinion several times on various social media sites, such as twitter and instagram. "Just speaking out," Lovato replied. "I’m not afraid to talk about the fact that women get paid less than men in the United States and how unfair that is. (usmagazine.com) By voicing her thoughts and concerns, ignorant individuals backfired nasty comments resulting in online arguments between Lovato's fanbase, the Lovatics, and those who had not agreed with Lovato's decisions.The argument that can be formulated by such an occurrence is the fact that, Lovato’s actions would not be a huge deal if it had came from a non-famous person. All the time, one may here those who are bold voicing out their opinions, so why is it any different when Lovato does it?
To continue the many reasons why Lovato chose to stay out of the spotlight for upcoming year 2017, another feud had been brought to the attention of the public. Speaking out boldly, Lovato commented on an instagram post of a drawing a talented artist drew. The artist drew her body in a mermaids, whilst making her hips smaller, and her breast bigger. Lovato exclaimed the drawing was gorgeous, although, commented, “my body does not look like that”. Making this bold comment urged the nerves of those who believed Lovato was being quite dramatic. To emphasize, this one comment caused another bashful argument that flooded on instagram for a couple of days. Due to this feud, another sarcastically smart fellow redrew the artwork, making Lovato bigger than usual. This trigger a fact that Lovato is known for having struggled with an eating disorder, and going into rehabilitation for recovery. In this case, more controversy was created.
Being a human in the spotlight gives out more negative vibes rather than society appropriate. It is factual that there is much more pressure on a celebrity to act the way they please contrary to if one of us, non-famous peers, do such a thing. Life gives out it’s many obstacles, and it seems that Lovato is doing the best for her well-being. As much as some are disappointed in this specific choice, her mental health is much more important than the provision of entertainment given’ to those who have no care for her well-being.
Demi Lovato’s break for 2017 is surely justified, and it is with high hopes that she recovers from all the pressure the spotlight has given’ her.