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Demi Lovato Speaks Out for the First Time Since Dad’s Death: ‘It’s Difficult’

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Demi Lovato is still dealing with the death of her estranged father, Patrick Lovato.

The "Heart Attack" singer spoke out for the first time since her father's passing on "Good Morning America" on Thursday.

"I'm handling it okay," she said. "My father and I didn't have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day he's still my dad."

The cause of Patrick's death is unknown, although it's been reported the 53-year-old was battling cancer.

"It's difficult," Lovato, 20, continued. "I grew up with him and he's a wonderful person, but I'm handling it okay."

In 2009, Demi spoke to the New York Daily News about her relationship with her dad.

"The last time I talked to him was two years ago," Lovato revealed. "You try to have faith in somebody, even when you're the last person that believes in him. But when somebody lets you down after you've been the only one there for them, and so many times, you don't know what else to do."

Patrick also apparently dealt with psychological issues, similar to those that Demi was treated for in 2010.

"My father dealt with mental illnesses and he wasn't able to function in society and that happens to a lot of people," Demi explained on "GMA."

Earlier this month, the pop star opened up about her own struggles.

"A couple years ago, it's no secret, I had to go into treatment for a bunch of issues," she told the crowd at her Chicago concert. "I mean, I could name them all, [but] we ain't got time. I had to go away to treatment and I want to let you know that this treatment center is called Timberline Knolls. It was here in Lemont, Illinois."

During her chat with Robin Roberts on Thursday, Demi announced she has established the Lovato Treatment Scholarship in honor of her late father. It's a program, launched in conjunction with CAST Recovery, which will cover the expenses of treatment for one person who is struggling with mental health or addiction issues at a time.

"I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason," she said.

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