Sideshow: A bully pulpit for Lovato

Demi Lovato , a victim of bullying, has been named an ambassador for an anti-bullying campaign. FRAZER HARRISON / Getty Images
Demi Lovato , a victim of bullying, has been named an ambassador for an anti-bullying campaign. FRAZER HARRISON / Getty Images
Posted: September 22, 2012

Demi Lovato has been up-front about the troubles that have haunted her since childhood, some of them stemming from the abuse she suffered at the hands of bullies.

The 20-year-old "Don't Forget" singer, who did a spell in a treatment facility in 2000, has been chosen as an ambassador for the Secret Mean Stinks ( www.facebook.com/meanstinks) anti-bullying campaign.

Lovato announced her ambassadorship with a surprise visit Thursday to the New York City Young Women's Leadership School.

The Secret deodorant-sponsored program asks girls to promise to have a "Drama Free School Year" by "making a pinky swear, symbolized by wearing blue nail polish on their pinky fingers," People says.

(It's a good cause, so we can't mock it, but pinkies 'n' nail polish? Oh, my.)

"I had a really tough time when I was in middle school," Lovato, a beloved X Factor judge, tells People. "People would write hate petitions [about me] and send them around to be signed. They'd have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They'd come to my house, stand across the street, and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away."

An Apple, some hashish & Texas

"Criminal" singer Fiona Apple could become one. The 35-year-old Manhattan native was held in Hudspeth County Jail in West Texas on Thursday after being arrested for possession earlier that morning. Cops said they found hashish in Apple's tour bus in the border town of Sierra Blanca, a locale known for its famous drug busts: Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Armie Hammer have all gotten in trouble there for possession.

Tim Allen: Sober, sensitive, sensible

He did more than two years in federal prison a decade before scoring his first IMDB.com-worthy acting credit as Baggage Handler in 1988's steamy Madeleine Stowe- David Carradine thriller, Tropical Snow. It's a lesson Tim Allen will never forget. "It finally dawned on me in prison that I worked harder being a crook than I ever worked legitimately," the Home Improvement star tells AARP the Magazine.

Allen, 59, was caught at a Michigan airport in 1978 with more than 1.4 pounds of cocaine (that's like a lot), which could have landed him a life sentence. (He cooperated with cops for a lighter sentence.) Yet the devil's powder continued to plague him well after he hit the big time.

He used and used. It was another life lesson.

"Seeing the worst parts of my behavior helped me to understand the better parts," says Allen, who has been clean 14 years.

He's more reflective. "Oh, please, don't say sensitive. It will kill my image," he jokes. But it's true. "What I wanted more than anything was clarity, and I still do," he says.

The Obamas in Celebdom

Barack and Michelle Obama will appear for the very first time together and in unison as a couple on ABC's The View on Tuesday.

The president has been toasted and hosted by a host of celebs this week. Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz showed their support for Obama's campaign at the Obama Victory Fund 2012 in London Wednesday night, a fund-raising A-list gala hosted by Gwyn, Vogue's Anna Wintour, and designer Tom Ford.

On Tuesday, Obama made an appearance at a $40,000-per-plate dinner hosted by Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé at Jay-Z's 40/40 club in Manhattan.

"Jay-Z now knows what my life is like," the president joked. "We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are."

Al Pacino: Me an icon? Puh-leeze!

Al Pacino was asked A Big Question at a New York media confab for his next acting gig, a revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, which begins previews Oct. 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

What does it feel like, the Godfather icon was asked, to be A Thespianical Icon?

"I just don't take it seriously. But I think it's fine," he said, according to USA Today. "Why not? Somebody's got to be me."

Pacino, 72, whose eight Oscar nominations include his turn in the '92 film version of Mamet's play, apologized for being less than poetic. "I was trying to find my articulate vein," he said, "which is why I do theater - because the playwright usually has it for me."

Robin Roberts: Think power, health

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts said hello to fans in a video feed from her hospital bed on Thursday's GMA, hours before she was scheduled to go into surgery for a bone-marrow transplant.

"This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body," said Roberts. "Your thoughts . . . are so powerful. You've got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel."

Roberts, 51, who has myelodysplastic syndrome, just completed an intensive eight-day round of chemotherapy.

Kelsey Grammer bolts . . .

Boss star Kelsey Grammer on Wednesday ran away from Piers Morgan's show just before he was to go on air, apparently because producers flashed a photo of his ex-wife, Camille, to introduce the episode. "So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it," Morgan tweeted. "Extraordinary. Never had this happen before."

       


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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