As the mother of a tween I know more than I ever wanted to about every Disney Channel and Nickelodeon teen star on the planet. I know who’s been in what movie or TV show, if they have a new album, what their unique fashion style is, if they’ve highlighted their hair recently, and of course, who is dating whom in the Hollywood social scene of young stars.
Demi Lovato happens to be one of my daughters favorites. As a brown eyed brunette like Demi, my daughter directly identified with her realistic yet adorable physical image, but also her spunky, creative, and friendly attitude. Where other Disney stars’ personas seem to revolve around snappy comebacks and snark, most of Demi’s characters projected a team player attitude, set off by good humor and humility.
Tweens everywhere cheered for Demi when she announced she was dating Joe Jonas at the beginning of 2010, and they were devastated with her when the young relationship fell apart. I remember my daughter remarking at the time that she “knew it wouldn’t last”.