Singer-actress and mental-health activist Demi Lovato, who has been upfront about past treatments for an eating disorder, cocaine addiction and bipolar disorder, is now a co-owner of the Los Angeles-based Cast Centers rehabilitation facilities.
“Cast Centers has played an extremely important role in my life + health. Proud to announce my partnership with them,” Lovato, 24, tweeted Thursday, shortly after Cast announced that she “will join the mind and body wellness organization as a business partner. Lovato will serve on the advisory board, along with her longtime manager Phil McIntyre, CEO of the music management agency Philymack.”
In an interview scheduled to air this weekend on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” the multiplatinum recording star said she couldn’t articulate the reason for the partnership but that “it just feels good.” Cast chief executive Mike Bayer has been providing wellness workshops on Lovato and Nick Jonas’ Future Now concert tour, which began in June and continues through Sept. 17 in Los Angeles.
Bayer told “Sunday Morning” that when Lovato started treatment, she was “very closed off” and “didn’t care about anything.” Lovato agreed, telling CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith, “Yeah, I was a nightmare,” jokingly adding, “I would say ... the word that I want to say, but it’s so inappropriate that I can’t. And this will be on a Sunday morning, so I’m not going to say it!”
Lovato said that at some unspecified, evidently long-ago time, “I kind of made a pact with God. And I don’t even think you’re supposed to do that, but I was, like, I promised, ‘If you make me a singer one day, I’m going to use my voice for so much more than singing, and I’m going to help people with it.’ ”
She added gratefully that because she now lives without “some sort of drug or … alcohol … I’m now sitting here right now alive and more successful than I’ve ever been.” She has several gold-record albums and platinum singles; her most recent album, “Confident,” went gold in July, selling a half-million units, and the title single hit platinum in January, with a million units sold.
Meanwhile, Lovato tweeted Wednesday that she will sub for Selena Gomez at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival Sept. 24 in Central Park. Gomez has canceled the remainder of her tour to deal with side effects of her lupus diagnosis.