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OTRC: Demi Lovato talks father's death: 'I'm handling it OK' (Video)

Demi Lovato appears on 'Good Morning America' on June 27, 2013. ('Good Morning America')

Demi Lovato opened up about losing her father on "Good Morning America."

The 20-year-old performer appeared on the morning news show to talk about her late father's passing on Thursday, June 26. Even though she and her dad were estranged, she had some kind words to offer in his memory.

"My father and I didn't have the most ideal relationship," Lovato said. "But at the end of the day, he's still my dad. And I grew up with him, he was a wonderful person. And it's difficult. But I'm handling it OK."

The "Give Your Heart a Break" singer's father, Patrick Lovato, passed away last weekend from what was initially undisclosed causes -- now, CNN reports that he succumbed to a battle with cancer.

The starlet went on to make an announcement, addressing her father's -- and her own -- mental illness.

"I'm working with Cast Recovery, a treatment center I've worked really, really closely with, and I have trust in their program," she said. "I've dealt with mental illness. My father dealt with mental illness. He wasn't able to function very well in society."

The scholarship program, called the "Lovato Treatment Scholarship," is the singer's way of reaching out to others who deal with similiar issues, saying it will allow her "to help one person at a time pay for mental illness treatment." The program was created in honor of her dad.

The former Disney starlet has a large number of fans -- dubbed "Lovatics" -- and she took some time to thank them for their ongoing support at this "rough" time.

"The best thing about my fans is they have stood by me for everything I've been through," Lovato said. "And this past week has been a rough week. I had incredible support from them."

Lovato, who initially remained mum on her father's passing, took to her official Twitter account to post an emotional message (and picture) for her father on June 24.

"RIP Daddy ... I love you. Love, Your little partner," she posted, with a heart and a corresponding photo with her father.

(Pictured above: Demi Lovato appears on the Thursday, June 26 episode of "Good Morning America.")

Watch her emotional interview from "Good Morning America" below.

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