Viewers of iHeartRadio Live With Demi Lovato on Monday night were left with more than just a fun, vibrant concert from one of the voices behind "Let It Go," the theme song from Disney's animated film "Frozen." Demi's most impactful moment on stage, arguably, was her heartfelt speech about overcoming obstacles.
Before singing "Warrior," the 12th song of her hour-long show, Demi took two minutes to tell the audience that it was OK to ask for help.
"I've been through a lot, and you guys have supported me every step of the way, and I thank you for that," she said on the iHeartRadio Theater stage. "I get sick and tired of sharing my story, but every time I tell it, I know one person is going to hear it that never heard it.
"No matter what you go through, whether it is a mental illness, being bullied at school, or cutting, having a substance abuse issue, or an eating disorder, don't be afraid to ask for help. That's what I did," she said.
Lovato stressed that those who have confronted their struggles deserved credit for turning their lives around. "I want you all to know that you saved your own life, and you should be very proud of yourself," she said. "You are worthy of life. You have so much ahead of you. So just work it out. This goes out to all of my warriors."
Then, the singer — who has spoken publicly about time in rehab for an eating disorder and cutting herself ― sat down at the piano and played the stripped-down, triumphant song about developing thicker skin and protective armor. Though "Warrior" was never released as a single, Lovato's emotional connection to the song and her delivery had onlookers watching in awe and near silence.
Lovato followed "Warrior" with other uplifting songs, "Unbroken" and "Let It Go," the night's final piece.
After opening her concert with a half dozen of her more upbeat songs, including "Heart Attack," "Fire Starter," "Give Your Heart a Break," and "Neon Lights," and fun fan questions read by Clear Channel personality JoJo Wright, the mood of Demi's set become more serious.
She kicked off the latter half of the show with a cover version of Ed Sheeran's "Give Me Love." The giddy Lovato took a back seat to a scorned persona that relied on folk stylings to express her angst.
The 21-year-old singer offered far more depth and maturity than most pop stars, especially those her age.