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.

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Sending my love to Demi she is one of my favorite singers and actresses and also my role model. I am bullied so she is like the one I can look up to and think of when I hurt after being bullied. She inspired me to try to end bullying in my school and I hope to see her in concert someday and meet her and get her autograph. Get Better Demi!! signed one of your huge fans

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hey demi hope it all gets sorted out soon i used to stab myself with a pen and im glad ive stopped. im a big fan of you and im 13 my cousin is also a fan of you shes 7 your a very good role model

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I hope demi makes it through this
See is such a role model to me and my younger sisters
I'm 17 and I don't know what I would do if she hadn't proven that
Being who you really are is the best thing I might still be where I was two years ago. Battling with anorexia and bulima is very hard I know because I still struggle with it on a daily basis. I hope she just takes it easy for a while and gets a well deserved break becuz we love her and want the best for her. She will always be an inspiration to me.
A simple note from a fan, friend, shoulder to lean on

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ALL MY LOVE GOES OUT TO DEMI!!!
I am going through the same thing as Demi and I cannot imagine having all my problems thrown into the media and public like this! Bullying leaves scars that do not fade for a while. I hope this helps her get better and help those scars fade!! :D

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Ignorant tabloids aren't making it much better. I guess they don't realize the impact they can have on peoples lives with the information they give out(which may not be true) and how they say it. These things that go on aren't always just gossip and rumors these are peoples lives.

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Demi I don't know you but I had a friend who went through the same thing. I support you.

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Look demi i know how u r feelin cause ive gone thru the same thing.i understand how it feels.but dont worry about everything will turn out good.Really hope you and joe can still be friends.:)

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Demi is struggling with issues we all deal with. People should just let it be. Yeah, I agree that joe is kind of a dick. But things get better:) Checking into a facility is one of the best steps you can take, I haven't SI in almost 3 months, and my weight is normal now and I'm at my all time high. It's hard to stay with, because I think it's disgusting and flabby but I know everyone else sees me as beautiful- so maybe I can too. Hope it Helps a little, if not oh well. Maybe it will help someone

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Hay, Demi you do have a lot of fans iam twelve and one of your many fans . I wanted to be Just like you but, I don't want to go through what your going trough now.I bet so many people have told you that you are beautful. If the cutting rumars are true your just hurtting yourself. Ihope you get better: Again I am twelve and know that you are probely much prettier than me. If you are cutting yourself. Id hope you'd stop. I am very like you but right you have to get it together.what if you and joe still had something ? Do think this makes your nonfreak fans feel good NOOO! It makes me feel like crying! I am really crying wrighting this! I am counting on you, you are my HERO please get it together!!! If you get time Demi Lovato PLEASE e-mail me!!!!!!!!!!! I am a twelve year old girl who really want you to be a good HERO for me.

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Hay, Demi you do have a lot of fans iam twelve and one of your many fans . I wanted to be Just like you but, I don't want to go through what your going trough now.I bet so many people have told you that you are beautful. If the cutting rumars are true your just hurtting yourself. Ihope you get better: Again I am twelve and know that you are probely much prettier than me. If you are cutting yourself. Id hope you'd stop. I am very like you but right you have to get it together.what if you and joe still had something ? Do think this makes your nonfreak fans feel good NOOO! It makes me feel like crying! I am really crying wrighting this! I am counting on you, you are my HERO please get it together!!! If you get time Demi

Demi Lovato Biography

Lovato 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 »
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Dallas, Texas
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Demetria Devonne Lovato

Demi Lovato Quotes

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

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

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