To Kick Off A New Tour, Demi Lovato Shared The Stage With Six 'Warriors' From Parkland

"It has nothing to do with politics — it’s about healing."

For the start of her latest world tour in San Diego on Monday, Demi Lovato showed just how much she cares by inviting some special guests onstage: student survivors from the mass shooting which left 17 dead at Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

"Tonight was our first night of the tour and it was incredibly special," Lovato said in a statement, according to People. "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. I want to make sure their voices are being heard and we can provide them with the mental health and post-trauma care they need."

The 25-year-old "Daddy Issues" singer — who is using the Tell Me You Love Me concerts to provide free therapy sessions for fans — was joined by Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia Hebron, Eden Hebron, and Sarah Stricker before launching into singing "Warrior." 

After flying in on a private jet, these six were greeted by a cheering crowd as Lovato urged those in attendance to show their support as Lovatics by donating to CAST Foundation (part of CAST Centers). This organization, which is co-owned by Lovato, raises money to provide mental health resources for students.

"It has nothing to do with politics — it's about healing," Lovato told CBS This Morning, choosing to highlight the mental health angle of tragedies beyond just the gun reform one. The real question here, Lovato suggests, is how we can best help these students from Parkland, Fla. overcome what they've been through.

What an inspiring way to kick off a tour, huh?

Cover image via Jamie Lamor Thompson / Shutterstock

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