Demi Lovato made a surprise appearance at the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem, New York on Thursday (September 20). The visit was part of the Secret deodorant Mean Stinks anti-bullying campaign. According to The Daily News – The X Factor judge told the students that she was picked on in school.
She said, “It doesn’t make you popular. It doesn’t make you fun to be around. I hate bullies. You know what I love? I love girls who want to gang up for good, that want to have a drama-free time in their school.”
“It affects people for their rest of their lives and it’s a very serious matter. Speak up if you’re being bullied. Remember that you’re all beautiful and you’re all worth it.”
She later told the paper that it’s her mission to combat bullying revealing, “I felt really alone when that happened.”
Now 20 – she shared, “Today, it’s really important to me that I’m not only speaking out about these issues for tons of boys and girls around the country and the world who are being bullied, (but) also because I have a younger sister. I want to set a good example for her, so she doesn’t have to deal with these issues.”
Before she left she got the girls to sign an anti-bullying pledge. As for the Secret campaign – the company will donate $1 (up to $150,000) from the purchase of every Mean Stinks Clinical Strength deodorant to the cause.