Demi Lovato Explains the Drastic Way She Deals with Social Media Triggers: ‘I Love Blocking People’

Demi Lovato is learning to drown out some of the noise and triggers in her life that can be damaging to her mental health. Her personal views on social media are relatable for many and she has an easy solution: block people when necessary.

Demi Lovato performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
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Lovato shared her thoughts on social media

During a Feb. 18 interview with Ashley Graham on her Pretty Big Deal podcast, Lovato got real about her past struggles with an eating disorder and addiction. In fact, she believes that her unresolved eating disorder led to her overdose in 2018.

She also spoke about how navigating social media isn’t always easy, admitting, “social media in itself is a giant trigger.”

“I’ll admit, I have a few friends that are just so insanely beautiful that like, I love them to death, but even seeing my friends, I’ll be like, ‘Ugh, why don’t I look like that?’” Lovato shared. “Then I’m like those are my friends, and in a normal situation, I would unfollow because it’s triggering for me, but these are people I love and I just happen to be friends with these people that are sex symbols and are ridiculously good-looking.”

“I love blocking people. I love blocking people I know. I love blocking people I don’t know. It’s just so great!,” Lovato added.

Why the singer shared an unedited bikini photo

Lovato found one way to cut through the unrealistic photos that people share on social media — she posted an unedited bikini pic of herself in September 2019. It served as the perfect example of promoting a message of body positivity and her fans applauded her for literally putting herself out there.

“I was in the studio and I was working with one of my favorite producers Oak [Felder],” she explained. “We were writing and we were making this song, it was like an anthem about body positivity ‘cause I was like, ‘We need an anthem.’ When I go into the next chapter of my career, what do I want it to be because I’ve always done the sexy route. I’ve never really done the whole feeling comfortable in yourself.”

She captioned the photo at the time: “This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited — and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got.”

Graham praised her guest

Graham had no shortage of praise for Lovato and how she opened up during the podcast. “I am so proud to call @ddlovato a friend and I’m in awe of her strength and openness on today’s episode of @prettybigdealpod,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Her faith, wisdom, and new found awareness has gotten her to a place where she’s comfortable enough to set boundaries or take a pause to heal; which is something we can all learn from. I’m so excited for this next chapter of her career, it’s going to be the best yet because she finally gets to be true to herself. Thank you Demi for coming on and showing your fans that while pain and recovery aren’t simple, healing and strength are still possible.”