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Demi Lovato Gives Heartfelt Speech About Mental Illness At Brooklyn Show

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“Its okay to have an addiction problem”

On Friday night, DJ Khaled and Kehlani surprised Demi Lovato on stage in Brooklyn during her Tell Me You Love Me tour to celebrate her sixth year sober. The pop star then gave a heartfelt speech about her experience with substance abuse and mental illness. "Thank you for saving my life," she told the audience.

"What you've overcome through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds, you found the sunshine, and now the sun is shining on you forever," Khaled said. "And every night you come light up the stage and you represent your fans, and that's so amazing."

Earlier that day, Lovato shared a post on Instagram commemorating her sixth year of sobriety. "A huge part of my recovery was learning to love myself and to give back to others," she wrote.

"You give me hope and strength and pride, and every bit of myself that I am—the good side, the bad side, the funny side, the quirky side," Kehlani told Lovato on stage at Friday's show. "You are 100 percent yourself, and that is so rare in this world and this industry. I'm so, so, so, so proud of you, and honored to know you."

With tears in her eyes, Lovato addressed the crowd and talked about her experience getting sober. "Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car," she said. "And I just remember thinking, 'This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I'm just like my dad.' So I took a look at my life and I said, 'Something has to change, I've got to get sober'—so I did."

After a stagehand got her a box of tissues, she continued. "I made changes in my life, and the reason I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help, and I want you to know that that's okay," Lovato said. 

"Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it," she continued. "So let's raise the awareness." 

Let's let everybody know it's okay to have a mental illness, it's okay to have an addiction problem. I'm bipolar—like, whatever! I take care of myself. And I can never say 'Thank you' enough to you guys for the support that you've given me over the years, and you've forgiven me for my mistakes. Thank you for being a part of saving my life. I love you guys.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.



But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.


The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.

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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.

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