Behind the Demi Lovato Breakdown: What Led to Rehab?

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I was bullied in middle school. People say sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you, but that's not true. Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven't forgotten.

So wrote Demi Lovato on the PACER's Teens Against Bullying website last month. This letter is even more relevant now, as the young singer left her tour this week in order to seek treatment for issues related to low self-esteem.

What led Lovato to this point? While a few fans take the simplistic approach of blaming Joe Jonas and Ashley Greene, the truth is more complicated and deep-seated. It all culminated in an ugly incident an an airport in Peru on Saturday.

Touring with Her Ex

Demi Lovato was in a fragile state before she was forced to go on tour with her ex-boyfriend, as seen here.

Rumors of Demi cutting herself started well over a year ago, as she showed up at a couple red carpet events with scratches on her arm. Sources say the artist struggled with bulimia for years, leaving her in an insecure state when the romance between her and Jonas ended.

"After she split with Joe, it was just a whole bunch of drama, very awkward," an insider tells E! News. "Everyone tried to be professional, but you could tell it was wearing down Demi. It was a taboo subject to bring up, but clearly she wasn't over Joe.

"The [Jonas] boys got a break after the tour, but Demi went a nonstop promo campaign for Camp Rock 2 and was pushing the single for that movie. It really was too much ask of a girl that young. She just couldn't handle it."

This source cites overwhelming stress as the cause for Demi's breakdown, which led her into a scuffle with a backup dancer in Peru over the weekend.

"She just lost it right at the airport in front of everyone," said the source. "The [Jonases'] dad basically said right there, 'That's it. You're going home.'"

It's sad stuff, but let's all hope it's for the best. Such an incident served as the catalyst for Demi to realize she has a problem and she's now taking the proper steps to get help for it.


joe shouldnt have brought ashley with him on the tour anyway , poor demi.


Demi I'm sorry your aren't doing well just keep your head high and be yourself ur a great girl you can get thru this :)


i would just like to say girl you have a lot going for you
despite what is said you have come far in life at such a young
age and will go very far with that fabulous voice of yours and besides there are alot of men in the world and joe well as much as he might have been an idiot you will take what you got out of that relationship and get stronger cause as they say what doesnt kill you makes you stronger and you are pretty any how ive said what i wanted to say p.s girl you rock keep up the fab work


i know what you're going throught demi trust me. dealing with bullies is tough especially in high school. you just gotta know who to ignore in life


Demi dnt wori, u'll be outa ther. It's esther. See ur fans r supportin u, jus keep bein urself. We love u


demi is a strong girl that's why we all love her so much people wjo bash on her are freken stupid and need to think twice on what there sayin cause they don't know wat is she going through we all love you and support you so we can't wait till you get better hun


i know that joe is a b**** but dont worry we got your back you are a great insperation im only ten but i understand your pain hope to see you back on disney and one day in person your number 1 fan


Demi u are amazing and wonderful, gorgeous, talented and strong! Don't let someone tell you otherwise!!! I luv u Demi! We all have faith for you!!!!!! We all love u!!! AND JUST KEEP ON SMILING AND SINGING OH SO BEAUTIFULLY BECAUSE U DESERVE IT! WE LOVE U AND U ARD AN AMAZING INSPIRATION! GOOD LUCK DEMI WE LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!


everything will be ok demi, you have amazing talents .


Hey Demi hope your better soon cause I love your shows such as Sonny with a chance and your are a great singer. You are also a brilliant role model. Best wishes for 2011. Love Rebecca Heath age 11.


Demi Lovato Biography

Many think Demi Lovato is being groomed to be the next huge Disney star. She appeared in the movie Camp Rock, alongside those gorgeous... More »
Dallas, Texas
Full Name
Demetria Devonne Lovato

Demi Lovato Quotes

I hope to do a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson. [She] has been my idol growing.

Demi Lovato

I'm very uncoordinated. I'm surprised I don't fall onstage more.

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