Man, sometimes what Demi Lovato says is on point (and sometimes not. But this is gold):
Demi has been super outspoken in her past struggles with addiction, bipolar disorder, and an eating disorder. In a new interview, however, the 23-year-old gets pretty graphic, and very real.
The actress/musician spoke to American Way, and talked about how she could trace her body image struggles back to age 3. She watched both her mother and her grandmother suffer from bulimia, and she followed suit (so sad) as a pageant girl. While shooting the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock at age 15, she was scared of being the next Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan, who were having public breakdowns at the time:
“Making Camp Rock, I was definitely like, ‘Oh crap. In three years, that’s going to be me,’” she said.
As her acting career took off and her star power grew, she started cutting herself, drinking heavily, and self-medicating with cocaine and OxyContin.
“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” she said. “I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”
Lovato is happier and healthier now — she celebrated her fourth year of sobriety this past March, and she credits her dedicated fans for keeping her accountable.
“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,” she said. “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.”
(Via Amerian Way)
Sounds rough but know what? It’s a different time than it was four years ago, in my opinion. I feel like we’re much more sensitive to these issues and much more willing to give and receive support. It’s a good time to live, right, Demi?