Demi Lovato visited CNN Newsroom on Tuesday (September 7) to discuss her role as a spokesperson for the Pacer’s Center’s Teens Against Bullying along with Michael Keller, a board member with the group. Talking about her personal experience with bullying, the ‘Sonny with a Chance’ star said:
Well, my experience was more verbal harassment than anything. A lot of people nowadays are suffering from cyber bullying, which has become more popular nowadays with all of the social networking sites, and just receiving text messages.
And, you know, there was a hate letter that got passed around, and it was basically a petition, and there were things that were said that still affect me to this day and cause problems for me that I suffer with to this day, and I overcame it through music and through the support of my family, but, mainly just putting all of my energy into the things that I love rather than fighting back or giving them the time of day.
And for me, that was, you know – it was so hard to overcome and it’s so hard to turn the other cheek, but my mom was there for me and with me the whole way and saying, “just don’t stoop down to their level. You can overcome it” and now, you know, I’m just trying to help others do the same. I speak to tons of teens at concerts, and you know, any time I get to meet them and they always ask me what should I do, and I always say just put all of your energy into what you love and use them as motivation for it.
Watch the interview at YouTube.