During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Demi Lovato reveals how she's looked up to Clarkson for some time now, and it's even helped her be open and vulnerable about her own depression.
"I love how open you are about mental health because I have similar issues, and I suffer from depression," Clarkson said. "I think a lot of people, especially in the creative world or just from childhood even, [are] kind of trained to just keep going and 'you can handle it.'"
Lovato tags Clarkson as her "first idol" and shares that she wouldn't been who she is today without the "Breakaway" singer. "I looked at you as my idol growing up. You are fearless and courageous...I love that about you. When I was younger I always through to myself, 'If I make it, I want to be like her because she's real and she's genuine."
And while Clarkson was appreciative of the kind words, she admitted to having her own struggles on her journey to happiness as well. "It takes work," she explains.
"I think everybody looks at us, like even when you overcome something, they're like, 'OK, she's already overcome that.' I'm like, 'No, no, no that's a daily effort in trying to be positive," Clarkson continues.
The singer goes on to say that staying positive is an all-the-time effort. "I think that's a daily thing you work at and a daily thing that I work out," she says.
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