Demi Lovato had a lot of lovely things to say to Kelly Clarkson when she appeared on Kelly’s talk show this week. We love to see our favorite female artists supporting each other.
Kelly spoke to Demi via video chat, and praised her for her openness about mental health issues. That’s when Demi shared how much Kelly has inspired her over the years.
Demi Lovato Calls Kelly Clarkson Her ‘Idol’
Kelly Clarkson was more than just the first American Idol. She was also Demi’s “first idol” growing up. “I wouldn’t be the artist or even the person that I am, with being so outspoken and vulnerable and fearless, if I hadn’t had you to look up to,” she said.
“I looked at you as my idol growing up. You are fearless and courageous and real,” Demi told Kelly. “When I was younger, I always thought to myself, if I ever make it, I want to be like her, because she’s real and she’s genuine.”
Kelly made sure to say that she’s not strong or courageous “all the time,” emphasizing that it “takes work.” She said, “It’s not easy to always have a spotlight on you and arrows aimed at you, especially when you are vulnerable, and you give people more ammo for all the trolls out there.”
Demi Speaks Out About Black Lives Matter
Demi talked to Kelly about how important it is for people to educate themselves about racism. She said she cried reading about Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot and killed while jogging in February.
“I felt guilty that I hadn’t been doing more and saying more as an ally,” she said. “I didn’t want anyone to think that I had the wrong intentions, or that I was uneducated, or speaking about something that I didn’t know about.”
Demi said artists such as Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, and Whitney Houston have “shaped my musical journey,” and she wanted to become a better ally to the black community.
The singer said she wants to “shift thinking as much as possible.” She added, “The legacy that I will leave as a person will last so much longer than the music that we leave behind.”