GLAAD Media Awards: Demi Lovato presented with Vanguard Award by Ross Mathews’ stalkee Nick Jonas
Cutie pie Nick Jonas did not appear onstage at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday until the last award of the night.
But his presence was well known by that time to all inside the main ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel thanks to host Ross Mathews who is more than a bit smitten with him.
The former Tonight Show intern made his crush on the singer-actor clear during his opening monologue: ‘Hey Nick, no matter what I say or do, do not give me your cell number. I’m just looking out for you. Do you have any idea how hot you are?’
Jonas, who had gay roles last year in the shows Kingdom and Scream Queens, laughed off the attention and got serious by the time he presented the GLAAD Vanguard Award to his friend Demi Lovato.
‘She pushes her friends and family and community to absolutely be who they are and to embrace their vulnerabilities and make them strengths – she really has no fear,’ he said of the honoree.
‘She’s really pushed me to embrace my vulnerabilities … she’s completely authentic 24/7 – I think that’s why she resonates with the LGBT community.’
A tearful Lovato took to the stage and dispensed with her prepared speech.
‘I’m terrible at reading scripts. If I didn’t speak from my heart I wouldn’t be doing this award justice,’ she said.
The singer spoke of growing up in the south, in Texas, ‘where it wasn’t very accepting of any LGBT person.’
But she belongs to a family that ‘raised me not to judge. … It’s love and people deserve to love who they want to love.’
Lovato, 23, said she is excited for the future.
‘I want to be a voice to my generation because I knew if I ever made it as a singer, I’d want to use my voice for so much more than singing. I’m so proud to be a part of a generation that’s more accepting.
‘I always want people to know you should always love yourself for who you are – have no fear. You can do it.’