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Demi Lovato Kicks Off ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ Tour With Parkland Shooting Survivors


Stoneman Douglas students return to school after fatal mass shooting
Demi Lovato asked a group of Parkland shooting survivors to join her on stage during her first Tell Me You Love Me show in San Diego. The singer praised the young kids for their strength.   ( Christopher Polk | Getty Images for Mastercard )

Demi Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me tour has begun. The singer made it a memorable first show by inviting some of the Parkland shooting survivors on stage.

Prior to her concert at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, Lovato teamed up with CAST to bring attention to mental health issues. During her show, she asked Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Sarah Stricker, Maia Hebron, and Eden Hebron to join her on stage, and she also praised them in front of the massive crowd.

"Bringing CAST on tour was very important to me because I want to be able to reach and inspire my fans. Tonight was our first night of the tour and it was incredibly special. I was able to bring out and meet a few of the students that had to experience the shooting in Florida on the 14th. It was such an honor to meet them and hear their courageous stories," said Lovato.

Parkland Shooting On Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, a mass shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The perpetrator, Nikolas Jacob Cruz, killed 17 people and injured 14 others.

The survivors of the shooting, Emma González, Cameron Kasky, and David Hogg, are all advocating for tougher gun laws and other measures to increase school safety.

Are Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama Back Together?

Other than her recent show in San Diego, Lovato also made headlines after it was reported that she and her ex-boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, have been hanging out again. Even though Lovato and Valderrama are nothing more than friends at the moment, the possibility of the two getting back together could not be ruled out.

"They're super, super close and have a crazy love for each other. They're extremely close friends but there's always potential they could give a romantic relationship another try," said an unnamed source.

YouTube Documentary

Last year, Lovato starred in her documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, and she confessed that she has never loved anyone as much as she loved Valderrama. The ex-couple broke up in 2016, and she explained why they decided to call it quits in her YouTube documentary.

"The sparks never faded but there are issues that I haven't conquered yet that I know I won't conquer if I'm relying on somebody else to take care of the loneliness. I just wasn't ready and there was so much in my life that I hadn't explored yet," said Lovato.

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