Why is Simply Complicated the one celebrity documentary you should absolutely watch?
Everyone who meets me is aware that I am big on celebrity gossip. It’s not something I search out though, I just hear these things and it’s embedded in my mind. It would surprise most people to know that watching a documentary about a celebrity, musician, or actor is actually at the bottom of my list. However, there has been something about Demi Lovato ever since I saw her on Sonny with a Chance. I kind of fell in love with Sterling Knight before her, but she just has this thing that I was curious about where she would go. I’ve followed her career from then until now. When it came out that she was bipolar and had drug problems and eating disorders, I was not surprised. She was a Disney star after all. Yet, here I am having watched my first celebrity documentary and it is because this woman is one of the few stars that I feel is truly relatable.
Demi and her team start out by telling the story of her rise to fame and her addictions. Anyone who is a fan or likes celebrity gossip is aware of the story. The story of her being overwhelmed as a teenager and using drugs is one of the most common addict stories in the world. What is not so common about her story? That her business team did not walk out on her. Most addicts especially after going to rehab and faking the program lose their support team. These people stuck by her even though she was a liability to their careers.
Now I’m going to talk about the other half of the documentary because most of us know the story from the first half. There is really not much to talk about there. The second half starts a bit sooner than the mid way time, but I call it the second half because it is when they finally start to talk about her current life and sober life. It starts with some more clips of her in the studio with Oak. Listening to her talk about her music is a beautiful way to finally start to see who she is now. Then it turns into her in the car with her family in Texas and it’s the first time they’ve been together since their grandma’s funeral (Demi calls her Mamaw). Her mother and Demi herself begin to cry due to the miss.
They say time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we’ve been apart
I can’t stop loving you
– Ray Charles
Then Demi also remembers that she broke up with Wilmer around a year ago as well. This is the part that got to me. It was the first moment where I truly relate to her. The intensity of her feels about the situation is something I know well. She says that her heart has always been with him and always will be. Also, that she doesn’t think she will ever find someone to be on that level again, but that she is trying to keep an open mind and heart. I feel the same way about the person I fell in love with. Things didn’t work out and I still love him and can’t imagine ever loving someone else, especially not as strong as I love him. I’m sure many people have felt this way before, but have eventually moved on. Unfortunately, when it’s been years since things ended and you still think of that person every day, every hour, it makes it feel like it really is true.
The part of the article that resonated so much with me is her talk about her eating disorder. Most people don’t consider a binge without throwing it all up an eating disorder. You are just a fat person if you do that. I am fat, but I have a food addiction. Demi talks about how when her relationship with Wilmer ended it was when she relapsed after 3 years. I have not been able to stay off my food addiction for that long in my life. She talks about a most recent relapse with food and how it started with her missing Wilmer and being lonely because her issues with food started as a comfort for loneliness as a kid. Basically, she is an emotional eater and then when she binges she throws it up. I am an emotional and boredom eater. I eat when I’m bored and when I’m upset about something or life in general. My longest time away from my food addiction was when I lost 70lbs in about 8 months. Then my depression kicked in and I began to eat too much again. I have a highly addictive personality, so I understand her other addictions as well. When I gave up the over eating, I developed other addictions. I became addicted to working out and began to over drink. It’s hard with an addictive personality to just give it up. Demi seems to have replaced a lot of her addictions with her work and working out. These are much healthier than the previous.
The result of watching her documentary is seeing how relatable and human Demi is. She doesn’t try to pretend to be something that she is not. It is a wonderful message. I believe even people who are not fans of her, should watch “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”.
If you haven’t watched it yet, here you go:
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