Demi Lovato on Living with Mental Illness: 'I Am Functioning Like a Very Happy Person Would'

Demi Lovato                                                                                          By Madison Jaye Courtesy BeVocalSpeakUp.com                                                         

Demi Lovato                                                                                          By Madison Jaye

Courtesy BeVocalSpeakUp.com                                                         

Demi Lovato understands what it feels like to hit rock bottom. Now, it's been nearly five years since she checked herself into rehab and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – and life couldn't be better.

The pop singer and mental health advocate, who announced her joint campaign with five mental-health organizations, called Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, on Thursday, opened up about living out her dreams despite her diagnosis.

"I'm living well with my mental illness – I am actually functioning like a very happy person would," Lovato tells PEOPLE. "I couldn't be happier today. Life is really, really great. I have a brand-new puppy and I'm able to not only take care of myself but take care of him as well. I'm living my dream. Life is pretty amazing."

The 22-year-old also credits the support she has found in her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, 35, as a big reason for her positive outlook.

"He's been so helpful when it comes to being a part of my support group," she says of the That '70s Show actor, whom she thanked with a sweet Instagram tribute in March.

 

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