Miley Cyrus has been keeping fans entertained amid the coronavirus pandemic by creating her own talk show on Instagram, called Bright Minded: Live With Miley. The show's focus is "to stay lit with love during dark times."
Today's episode was an absolute treat for fans because it featured special guest Demi Lovato.
The pop stars began their Instagram Live chat by sharing health tips for taking care of yourself during the coronavirus pandemic. Demi gave Miley and viewers a tour of her "immunity table," with all the necessary items that she says help prevent her from getting sick.
The table includes rubbing alcohol to make her own hand sanitizer (because even celebrities can't get their hands on hand sanitizer right now), "a shit ton of Emergen-C," manuka honey, and apple cider vinegar gummies.
They also talked about the importance of social distancing, despite how difficult it is to be away from loved ones. Miley shared that she wants to be with her mom, Trish, but can't.
"It's the hardest thing for me because I wanna do this with her so bad, but she visits my grandma every single day," said Miley. Demi gave the necessary reminder to viewers that "social distancing is going to help so much" when it comes to reducing the spread of the virus.
After chatting about self-care tips, Demi and Miley moved on to more personal topics, prompting a very important conversation about body image. It began when Miley asked Demi whether she makes music that shares such a vulnerable side of herself in hopes that it'll make fans feel understood.
Demi said yes. "My whole purpose in coming clean with everything that I've been through is to help someone else," she explained.
"I remember being 12 years old [and] my body started changing; obviously that's going to happen when you're a preteen and you're going through puberty. I didn't have anybody in young Hollywood to look up to at that time that had a normal body," she recalled. "I kind of made a vow to myself that when I get older, I just want to represent what I didn't have and I want ... to be that for somebody."
"I basically went through two or three years where I wouldn't wear shorts. I stopped wearing skirts onstage, all this shit, because after the VMAs, and I had on my cute little new bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey in my outfit because I was so skinny and so pasty."
"My brand has always been about being so unapologetically myself and being confident, and the worst thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans is a lying [person] or a fraud. I felt like having this persona being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of [a] fraud because I was so insecure on the inside."
Demi empathized with her friend's struggles, saying, "I'm so sad that you went through that, and I had no idea. I wish I could've been there for you. I feel like we've gone through times where we're closer and then distant, and that's fine; that's what friends do. I just wish I could've been there for you, but if that ever fucking happens again, you better call me."
Miley then noted that though this time of crisis is very challenging, the silver lining of her experience is that it allowed her to reconnect with friends like Demi and share meaningful conversations.
"In dark times, it's really important to reach towards those that are [illuminated], and I just think that you are such a light, and that even if it took this crisis to get us connected again without just, like, we run into each other at the studio or some shit, but, like, actually connected and really talking ... we just have to, like, never let this break again."