Demi Lovato has always been honest and up front about her demons and that’s one of the reasons why we love her.
In the past, she’s been very outspoken about her own personal bouts with her eating disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse and her psychological issues. But now, speaking to American Way magazine, she reveals that she never thought she would even live to see her 21st birthday.
“I lived fast and I was going to die young.”
Thankfully, Demi has made it through her own dark period and is doing much better. She’s become an inspiration to many young girls battling similar demons but says this was never her intention, noting that all she wanted to do was get better.
“I didn’t go into treatment thinking, ‘OK, now I’m going to be an inspiration.’ At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility, but now, it’s really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable.”
Demi says she started binge eating at the age of just nine and by age 12, she was self-harming and purging. During her time on the Disney Channel on ‘Camp Rock’ and ‘Sonny With A Chance’, things only got worse.
“When I was gaining weight because I was becoming a woman, I would look at those images and say to myself, ‘Wait, this is not what I look like. I’m getting fat on the hips and on my butt.’?”
After moving to LA, she began her lethal habit of drugs & alcohol and found that even her parents couldn’t control her actions.
“I’d say, ‘What are you going to do? I pay the bills!’ I put my parents in an uncomfortable position. There’s no manual on how to parent a pop star.”
Today, things are much better for Demi. She hasn’t had any alcohol since January 2012 and is still attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She’s leading a national Bipolar disorder awareness campaign and wants the Government to help in providing better treatment.
“When I have meet-and-greets, I can’t tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts. They’ll tell me, ‘You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,’ or ‘I got sober.’ Hearing those things gave my life new meaning.”
We’re so proud of you Demi! We’ve totally got your back, 100%.
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