“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness.”
The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night in Philadelphia with Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and more speaking out in support of Hillary Clinton.
Among Clinton’s supporters was Demi Lovato, who appeared at the convention to perform her hit “Confident”. Demi previously endorsed Hillary when she performed at one of her rallies back in January. She took the opportunity this time around to speak out about an important issue that’s near to her heart: mental illness. Ahead of her performance, she delivered a short speech in which she shined a light on the importance of everyone having equal access to mental health care.
The singer, who has never shied away from sharing her struggle with mental illness, opened by admitting: “Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness.” She went on to acknowledge that while she has been able to receive top-notch treatment for her illness, most people in America are not so lucky: “Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”
Demi closed by throwing her full support behind Clinton: “I’m proud to support a Presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people living with mental health conditions get the care they need to lead fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton. Let’s make her the next President of the United States of America.” She then slid right into a powerful performance of “Confident”.
Watch her speech and performance below:
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 26, 2016
Demi is of course not the only pop star to endorse Hillary for President. Other megastars expected to appear at the Convention this week are Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.