EXCLUSIVE: Demi Lovato on her Comeback: "I'm Proof That It's Possible to Get Better"

On Thursday, August 18th, Demi Lovato will be performing at VH1’s annual “Do Something! Awards,” which honors young “world-changers” and the celebs who inspire them.

Demi Lovato Shines at 2011 Do Something Awards

Having Demi perform at the show is a great idea—not only because she's extremely talented, but also because the half-Mexican singer happens to be one of those "world-changers." Since leaving rehab in January—after spending months at a Chicago-area treatment center to treat “physical and emotional issues"—Demi has spoken candidly about her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, an eating disorder, and cutting—first with Good Morning America, and since then, via Twitter, where she encourages her young fans to “stay strong.”

Demi Lovato Tattoos "Stay Strong" on Her Wrist

Lovato, who was recently honored with the Acuvue Inspire Award at the Teen Choice Awards on August 7th, told Latina.com on Friday that the issues she has struggled with for years, can affect anyone—Latinas included. "People of all ages, races and genders suffer form these diseases and I think Latinas are definitley included in that group,” Demi said. “It's so important to speak up if you, or someone you know is struggling.”

Lovato, who recently bounced back from her rehab stint with “Skyscraper,” a hit single that hit #1 on itunes—and whose third album "Unbroken" is set to be released on September 20th—says her experience should teach other teens not to give up. “I'm proof that it's possible to get better and I'm happier and healthier than I've ever been,” said Demi. “When life gets tough remember to Stay Strong!”

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Demi says it’s important to her to set a good example for other young Latinas.  “I'm so proud to be a Latina and I do think it's important to be a good role model,” she says. “I try everyday to be the best me I can be, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not perfect and I will make mistakes. I think as long as I learn something and try not to make them again, that's what matters," she said.