Longtime Fan Details “Sh*tty” Meet & Greet with (Former) Idol Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has made it her mission to be an advocate for maintaining a good mental health. As someone who has endured the complications of bipolar disorder, bulimia, suicidal ideations, and substance abuse, she wants people battling similar issues to know that they’re not alone — and her efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Riverdale star Lili Reinhart credits Demi for inspiring her to speak out about mental health care. “I didn’t have someone who was talking about it,” she explained to Ocean Drive magazine. “I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness and that was comforting. But I wanted more people to stand up.”
That’s why it’s so disheartening to hear that the singer’s fan encounters have been so terrible.
Mike Peretz, a longtime Demi Lovato fan, details his 'underwhelming' $500 meet and greet experience with the singer after he tried to open up to her about his struggles with mental health. He claims Demi 'blew him off,' with her 'sh-ty' attitude.https://t.co/qciobgyrjP
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In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife, longtime fan Mike Peretz claims that the Disney Channel alum dismissed him when he expressed his own struggles with mental health to her.
“Our meet and greet was at her concert at the All-State Arena in Chicago [on March 9],” the 21-year-old recalls. “I walked in and Demi was standing there. I knew I had only 10 seconds with her, so I planned on telling her how much she meant to me. I know in interviews she said meeting her fans was super meaningful. I think she said on Ellen once that fans have told her that she was their inspiration and that she has changed their life and that really hits hard and means a lot to her. So, I took the picture with her and she never even really looked at me or anything, she never really looked at anyone. She would say, ‘Hi,’ and then walk away and that was it.”
The young (former) Lovatic continues, “After she took her picture with me, I was like, ‘Hey, I want to let you know, I am bipolar and anorexic and I have struggled with a lot of those things. You have been a big part of helping me and an inspiration in getting me to a good place and you have really helped me and saved my life. I just want to say thank you.’ Then, she liked finally looked away from the camera and was like, ‘Okay,’ and then looked back and that was it.”
“At first I was underwhelmed,” Mike explains of his emotions after the M&G. “I was so nervous going in and I paid a lot of money to meet her. I realized later how sh*tty it was. I went from this is a waste of money, to thinking, ‘This is kind of dangerous thinking about the bigger implications.’ I was over it, she was sh*tty. I was trying not to care, but thinking about how she built her brand on caring about these mental health issues, and she blew me off.”
FYI, the meet and greet cost him $500!
And he’s not the only one who’s had a disappointing experience with the musician. There’s a whole slew of people on Reddit who claim the same.
To those, Demi basically says, “SORRY NOT SORRY.” Here’s her alleged response to the backlash:
Considering she and Nick Jonas once had a $10,000 meet-and-greet package, perhaps D.Lo should question whether or not she should participate in ’em, TBH.