Demi Lovato Using Bipolar Diagnosis to Sell Video Game Is Tacky AF
Demi Lovato has us shaking our heads over here.
Normally we're huge Lovatics, but the "Stone Cold" singer's latest venture — or rather her approach to publicizing it — has us giving her some serious side eye.
Always open about her struggles with mental illness and eating disorders, Demi recently spoke with People magazine about the stigmas around mental health issues and ways to cope.
And we are all for that. Where it gets weird is when she basically pimps her Demi Lovato Zombarazzie Adventure iPhone game as a coping technique.
"It's cool to be able to come out with games for phones that can maybe be a distraction for someone when they're thinking about doing something that can be harmful to themselves," she said of her app.
While any therapist will agree distraction is a key coping strategy for dealing with anxiety or self-harm, we're not gonna sugarcoat: this move is tacky AF, Dem.
Maybe if you were selling a self-help book filled with coping tools and advice we'd overlook the self-promotion, but a game that involves slaying zombie paparazzi? Girl, bye.
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Thankfully, the bulk of the 24-year-old’s interview focuses on her involvement with Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, a campaign that joins five leading mental health organizations in the pursuit of ending the stigma that people diagnosed with mental health conditions often experience.
“This partnership means a lot to my fans because so many of my fans are dealing with mental illness, whether it’s depression or bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia,” the "Confident" singer said.
“I have fans that deal with all sorts of mental illnesses so this is very important to them.”
More of this and less hawking of silly iPhone games, please.