Singer, actress and The X Factor “mentor” Demi Lovato made her publishing debut last week with her memoir Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year. Published by Feiwel and Friends, the book is scrapbook of sorts, comprised of uplifting Tweets Lovato wrote over the past twelve months as she was recovering from addiction, depression and other issues. A combination of her words and others, Staying Strong ranges in content from Lovato’s emotional goals to quotes about perseverance.
In a new webisode, the singer opens up about her struggles. Sitting backstage, Lovato reads a Franklin D. Roosevelt quote to a roomful of friends, which also appears in Staying Strong. The quote – “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on” – resonates with two of her guests, who are Maasai Warriors from Kenya and the first to go to school in their community. “It’s all about courageousness and believing in yourself. That’s how you can be strong,” Wilson says. Lovato met the pair on a recent trip to Kenya as part of her involvement with the charity Free the Children, which she cites as a major inspiration for the book.
Speaking on Staying Strong, Lovato tells Rolling Stone, “It can bring together people from all over the world – different cultures from different backgrounds. Everyone can relate in some shape or form because we’re all human beings with heart and soul.”