Demi Lovato Fights Back Against the Bullies

Like many people, Demi Lovato’s childhood was marred by the hostility of bullying. And for the past few years, the 17-year-old Sonny With a Chance star has been fervently active in helping other young people who struggle with bullies, frequently Tweeting about the topic and serving as a celebrity spokesperson for Teens Against Bullying since 2009.

Lovato spoke out once again about her pet cause in a recent interview, asserting,

“Bullying is a very serious thing to me, I’ve witnessed it first hand—I was bullied myself when I was 12. I want to be able to help other girls around [my sister’s] age come into their own with a strong confidence in their skin, their size, who they are and everything about themselves.”

But despite Lovato’s noble crusade, don’t call her a role model—or at least not an intentional role model. The Camp Rock actress could live without the pressure of the title—and she’d prefer to simply live by example anyway:

“Nobody wants pressure and wants to be under a magnifier glass, but there are ways to be role models without claiming to be perfect…I’m learning and dealing with experiences that all teenagers go through. The way I want to be a role model is not by not making mistakes…but by helping people overcome things from the obstacles that I’ve overcome.”

Helpful, and humble? Yeah, at the risk of offending Demi, we’re gonna go ahead and call her a role model anyway.

Find out more about Teens Against Bullying at the group’s Web site.

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