Demi Lovato “Doing OK” After Dad’s Death, Launches Scholarship for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

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Demi Lovato is still dealing with the recent death of her dad, Patrick Lovato. But Thursday on Good Morning America, the 20-year-old singer remembered her estranged father fondly and announced a mental health scholarship she’s launching in his honor. “I’m handling it okay,” she said. “My father and I didn’t have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day he’s still my dad.” “It’s difficult,” Demi admitted. “I grew up with him and he’s a wonderful person, but I’m handling it OK.” The exact cause of Demi’s father’s death has not yet been released, although the 53-year-old had reportedly been battling cancer in recent years and struggled with psychological issues similar to those for which Demi sought treatment in 2010. In 2009, she explained to the Daily News she “had to cut off all connection” to her father because his behavior “was hurting me too much.” “You try to have faith in somebody, even when you’re the last person that believes in him,” she said. “But when somebody lets you down after you’ve been the only one there for them, and so many times, you don’t know what else to do.” She elaborated on this on Good Morning America, saying, “My father dealt with mental illnesses and he wasn’t able to function in society and that happens to a lot of people.”

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