Demi Lovato Reveals More Of Her Past Struggles And How She Overcame Them!

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Demi Lovato has overcome so much in her past and she is extremely brave to talk about what she went through and share her story with the world. Recently, Demi was interviewed by ‘Daily Mail’ and ‘You’ Magazine where she revealed that she first began struggling with drug addiction at age twelve following being treated for injuries she received during a car crash.

Demi says, “I liked the feeling they gave me – they sort of numbed everything – and I also liked the sneakiness of taking extra pills out of my mom’s bag without her knowing. Everything skyrocketed, which was awesome, but the negative side was that I thought, ‘Right, I am working like an adult so I should be able to party like an adult.’ I was making a bunch of money and when my parents would get on to me for drinking and staying out, I would say, ‘I pay the bills, so what are you going to do?’ I was riding this wave of entitlement and superiority and they were in an impossible position because there’s no manual that explains how to deal with the sort of teenager I was. I was performing concerts on an empty stomach. I was losing my voice from purging. I was self-medicating and I was so emotionally whacked out that I took it out on someone that meant a lot to me.”

Demi really began realizing that she needed to seek help when her mom threatened to not allow her to see her younger sister. Demi says, “Mom saying that made me realise that my life was a shambles and, although I had a lot of success, I was also very alone and miserable,” she says. “I love Madison and one of the main reasons I wanted to get better was because I didn’t want to be apart from her.

Being diagnosed as bipolar helped Demi deal with some of the things she had been going through inside. She says, “I’d been living with this mania – moments when I was up all night writing songs, thinking I could take on the world, and also these deep, dark depressions, when all I wanted to do was shut the door and not talk to anyone. And that is why I had been isolating myself – to try to deal with the pain.”

Wow, Demi has truly gone through a lot and come out on the other side of the darkness as a shining light, stronger than ever. We think it’s wonderful that she is doing so well and setting a positive example worldwide that it’s important to live a happy, healthy lifestyle no matter what. Congratulations on all of your success Demi, it is well deserved! Stay Strong!

Ashley Tisdale Featured In ‘Bello’ Magazine’s August Issue! – Photos Here!

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Ashley Tisdale is the featured cover girl for the August issue of ‘Bello’ Magazine! Congrats Ashley!! Ashley looks beautiful in blue and white on her cover photo and also rocks some lovely summer fashions inside the magazine as well.

Ashley took to Instagram to share the inside photos and her excitement with fans saying, ” This was a fun shoot! August issue of @bellomag Hair by dickycollins Makeup by Karan Mitchell.”

What do you think of Ashley’s ‘Bello’ looks? Be sure to pick up your copy at your local magazine stand before they fly off the shelves!

Nick Jonas Lives Chats NOW!! – Link Here!

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Nick Jonas is currently chatting with his fans via Live Stream. Don’t miss your chance to talk to Nick and ask about music, his upcoming TV role, and more! After the chat the link will be available shortly to rewatch over and over.

Go here: NOW to chat will Nick! Don’t miss out! :)

Vanessa Hudgens Praises Famous Friends In ‘OK! Magazine’

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Vanessa Hudgens recently praised one of her best friends, Selena Gomez, in an interview with ‘OK! Magazine.’ When asked about Selena, Vanessa says, “[Selena is] so smart, beautiful, talented and amazing. She’s got such a great head on her shoulders, I’m just there [as her friend] to hold her hand and have fun with her. I just adore her.”

Vanessa was also asked about her ‘High School Musical’ co-star and BFF Ashley Tisdale and their similar love for fashion, to which Vanessa said, “She’s my girlfriend. We have very similar tastes. We’ll end up with the same thing, but we’ll style it so differently. I know that if she’s into it, I’m probably into it too, so that makes it easy.”

We love hearing such sweet, positive praise between Vanessa and her famous gal pals. We hope to see all three of the girls getting together soon!

TI Exclusive: After Romeo Dishes On Their Bully Proof Tour, School Memories, And Answers Fan Questions

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The talented boy band, After Romeo, performed at the Westfield Culver City on Saturday July 26, 2014. We caught up with the group for an exclusive interview before their performance. They gave us the scoop on their Bully Proof Tour, favorite school memories, and even answered some fan questions.

Be sure to check out more about After Romeo at AfterRomeoWorld.com.

Video Credits: Crystal Ng

‘Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison & Lana Parrilla Pose For Entertainment Weekly!

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Just because Comic-Con is officially over, doesn’t mean you won’t get your much needed fix of your favorite stars before this fans season premieres! This week ‘Entertainment Weekly’ magazine is giving you a taste of Comic-Con with over 44 beautiful new photos of your favorite stars, included the above pictured Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla of ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time.’

Jennifer and Lana both look stunning in the hero meets villain style photo shoot which captures the ladies different styles and characters perfectly! Be sure to pick up a copy of this week’s ‘EW’ and tune in to a brand new season of ‘OUAT’ beginning September 28th!

Got Questions For Austin Mahone, Shawn Mendes & The Vamps?

Btevvg2IAAETE7W.jpg largeIs there a question you’ve been dying to ask Austin Mahone, Shawn Mendes or The Vamps? You might be able to get them answered and more by these fantastic artists!

Radio Disney will be hosting a Total Access Live event on Wednesday, July 30th beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. PST where they’ll be chatting up all these guys and asking your questions! You’ll be able to watch it all live on the Radio Disney app, too!

To get your questions in, use #RDAskTheVamps for The Vamps, #RDAskAustinMahone for Austin Mahone and #RDAskShawnMendes for Shawn Mendes! The earlier you get them in, the better chance yours will be answered!

Demi Lovato Is ‘YOU’ Cover Girl In The UK! – Check Out Her Shoot Here!

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Demi Lovato is the current cover girl in the UK magazine and paper ‘YOU.’ This month! You can pick up a copy where all magazines are sold in the UK. Check out Demi’s rockin’, bold fashion choices for ‘YOU’ below! Let us know what you think of Demi’s shoot in the comment box below. In the magazine Demi discusses her upcoming music, recent tour experiences, and more! This is definitely an issue not to be missed!

TI Exclusive: Michael T. Deleasa On New Music And Being A Musician!

When I do interviews, I like to do research on the person I am interviewing before hand.  This way, I am not asking the same questions they always get asked, because that’s extremely boring, right?  Well, doing research on Michael T. Deleasa, was a lot harder than I though.  I sat in my office in Manhattan after everyone left, googling every thing I could think of that would get me information on the 26-year-old musician.  The only thing that came up, each and every time, were short video clips where he appeared on Married to Jonas.  Imagine my frustration.

Finally I gave up and watched some of these videos before listening to a song or two of his on YouTube.  Then I packed up and headed to the subway to navigate my way to Brooklyn.  When I got to the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, I was both shocked and proud that I had done it.  I beat the NYC Subway System!

I was there a lot earlier than expected so I waited around for Michael’s PR manager to get there so I could go back and start my interview with Michael.

When I finally got back there, Michael was sitting with one of the opening bands and was playing cards.  Everyone said hi to me as Michael stood to come sit with me out in the hallway so we could talk.

The first thing I told him was that I wasn’t going to ask anything about the Jonas Brothers, this was going to be all about him and his music.  I can imagine that he gets asked about Kevin, Danielle, Joe and Nick all the time;  I didn’t want to do that to him.

Next came trying to figure out the best way to get this interview recorded so that I could transcribe it and write this article.  It wasn’t loud, but it was not quiet.

“I’ll just hold it up to my mouth so you can hear it?” He asked, taking my phone.

“We can pass it back and forth like a microphone,” I laughed along with him.

But then it was finally time to get down to business, which didn’t feel like business at all with Michael.  He is so easy to talk to and so honest and in love with is music, it felt like sitting down with a friend.

When did you get into music?

Not going to say um! First got into music, really since I can remember. Always sparked my interested. Initially I had an infinity for drummers.  I remember going to church with my parents and I was young, and I would sit there and watch the drummer.  Mimic his hands and feet.  That kind of got me started with really listening and trying to understand.  And I would say once middle school came around I was pushing my parents, ‘I want a drum set, I want a drum set.’ Then they said, ‘If you take some guitar lessons and show us you’re serious with it then we’ll get you a drum set.’  Clearly they didn’t want all the noise in the house!  But, I took some guitar lessons, stuck with it, started to form my first band in middle school.  And from there it kept going and going and going.

Do you play drums now?

I have a solid understanding.  I don’t fancy myself as a drummer. But I can hold matter with them for sure.  Actually, maybe I’m not giving myself enough credit. On “Heart of Stone”, I played drums on that track.  And on “Holiday Season,” that was the first time I felt comfortable enough to get behind a kit in a studio setting.

What other instruments do you play?

I have a good understanding of piano, bass, and those would be the two main ones.

When did it click that music was what you wanted to do?

It kind of took me by surprise. Like I always wanted to be a musician, an artist, a writer.  Like all of that, I love love doing it. But definitely there is a point where, ‘how realistic can this be?’ There are so many people going for it.  It wasn’t until when I was in college.  I was still playing in a band, I worked on a solo record on my downtime from that and being in school.  And once I finished that, long story short, it brought me out to being in LA.  And then from there it just turned this huge corner.  Where before I was balancing school and being in a band.  I just kind of told myself, with my families blessing as well, I’m going to do this full time and I’m just going to go for it.  And as time was progressing, like I said it kind of took me by surprise, I was kind of like ‘oh wow, holy s***, I’m a musician! This is my job!’

How do would you describe your music style?

I guess it tends to be a fusion at time? From the first EP I ever put out, I kind of blended a lot of styles.  So I guess you could call it like a pop fusion. There are big horn arrangements like in the vein of Chicago and then you would have some songs that are a little more like funk and soul driven.  So, so far I have kind of fallen in and out.  I always find myself going more towards more of a funk and soul feel.

What is your pet-peeve?

People that chew with there mouth open. That drives me..like when people smack there lips when they are chewing, yea it’s just a pet-peeve.  I just sit there like ‘oh, okay, agh, breathe!’

Do you have any weird habits?

sometimes when I get nervous I rub my hands a lot. It’s kind of a weird thing.

Do you have any pre or post-show traditions?

No, oddly enough not really. When I can I like to do vocal warm ups.  If I can get a few minutes just relax and to get warmed up that would be ideal.

No partying after, no nothing?

Sometimes when we can, we like to go out.  If we’re not too beat up!

What inspires your music and your lyrics?

As tacky as it might sound, everyday life. It’s all about experience.  You can take it from the end to playing a character. Writing as if you were that person. Even the song “Too Damn Beautiful,” it’s kind of about being really smooth.  I don’t really fancy myself as that, but if I try to channel my inner Al Greene, what would he say about this situation?

What is your favorite thing about performing?

It’s playing.  It’s really the best part. And getting the crowd into it and with you through it.  So really just playing and playing for people.  That’s the most rewarding thing about being a musician.

Is there any one show or experience that really sticks out?

The first time I headlined in New York, over at the studio at Webster Hall.  It was kind of an accumulation of things. One, it was really headlining.  The same promotion company that put out the show, it was a company that in high school we used to be the opening band that would sell tickets to the show.  We would be the people that were like “please let my band play, we sold as many tickets as we can!” And then you know, you sell a lot of tickets for them and they would put you on another show to open for a band and it was crazy that, seven years later they are doing my headlining show.  It was a really cool feeling and the show nearly sold out. It was just a really, really great experience.

How has anything changed in the last two years for your career?

Things have definitely kept going up, thankfully. Doing the TV show, Married to Jonas, and going to south america to tour with them.  I definitely had no plans on going and touring  in South America, so that was a huge market of people that I was opened up to .  That in itself was an amazing experience. And that was something I did not expect at this point.  But yea, things have kept progressing.

Is there anything coming out?

I just put a single out, “Heart of Stone.” And in August I have a new EP coming out, which is available at the show.  And that is some of the singles that have been put out and then a new piece called “Little Piece of Paradise.” That will be available in August and you can get the hard copy at shows. And I am planning for some more releases hopefully a new set of songs to come out at the start of October.  I kind of feel like things have been put out kind of sparsely, here and there.  So I am trying to be a little more focused with putting stuff out, a little more of a plan

Is there anything else you want to say?

Just keep listening and keep checking in.  Keep coming out to shows, I mean that is all for me.

 

After finishing up the article, Michael insisted on a hug, he is one of those people that is your best friend after a few short minutes.  Then, Michael and his manager asked if I was sticking around for the show.  At first I wasn’t going to because I still had to get back to Manhattan before midnight. But they were so kind and so excited, I simply couldn’t leave without seeing Michael perform!

You can check out some of the pictures I managed to get with my iPhone, and watch the video of Michael performing his new song, “Little Piece of Paradise” below!

TI Exclusive: Interview With David W Ross Part 1 – Listen Now!!

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UK Actor David W. Ross is “best known for starring in the Sundance Film Festival indie darling Quinceañera (Echo Park LA)”; a film about a young girl who discovers she’s pregnant before her Quinceañera. The film came out in 2006 and won a ton of awards. Our TI Field Reporter Crystal Ng caught up with musician, writer, and producer David W Ross. His discussed his film “I Do,”  new projects, and views on LBGT. Check out his film which is now available on Netflix.

Check out our TI Exclusive video with David W. Ross from the film I Do below:

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