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.


Well I know Demi Lovato has been stressing over this problem. If I was her, I would be stressing out too. I mean after their break-up. That put's Demi Lovato in a awkward point in her life. I no that Demi Lovato is a young beatiful friend. but I know how it feels to be depressed. I've also have been going throw some tough time's myself. But I've also have been having some times that I thought about you know what doing some other things. Like..yeah cutting but I no it's wrong but I no, it relives. Your emotions following throw. But I try not to do wishes for Demi Lovato. I no here very well, Cause I am here close friend. Ilvoe you Demi I hope you feel better with everything. :)




sweetb and Iloveashleygreene GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE! If you hate demi lovato then why the fuck are you here! Yeah I agree it's not ashley's fault but so what does that mean that you have to fucking hate on demi lovato! If your just gonna keep talkin shit about demi lovato, LEAVE!


Hey demi! you got millions of fans that still are there too cheer for you! get well soon.. a lot of people wanted you to come back to the stage again.. uhm! (and I am one of them)
After i heard(read) the news, i almost wanted to kill joe(but no, i can't..that's a crime :D).. i felt sorry for you that time.. I HATED JOE (up to now) for leaving you..
He’s a stupid idiot... You’re far prettier and better than Ashley Greene.. don't let her have an edge on you!
God bless Demi! Get well soon.. ---there must be somebody waiting for you..(far better than crap JOE) :D:D:D
LOVE YOU!!! more powers!


sooo demi actually doesn't cut herself.. LOL.. or she didn't used too.
this story was all over tablois a while ago coz she came to Miley's 16th with light red marks on her wrist, but it was proven false (appaently she was wearing bracelets before hand) so not to sure about that statement :/ I think shes really good to have gone into treatment before things escalated, hence lilo and britney! i'm sure her and joe are still bff, he wouldn't just f**k her off for ashley and never talk to her, I dont think people need to blame them though, seems abit pointless, i love them all. obviously being in her situation people have high expectations, so self-conciousness is understandable being in the spotlight.. epecially with her background of being bullied, the media are bullies aswell, if you get what i'm saying.
I just think shes smart for seeking help. goo demi


I think that the people who force demi into the tour should not don that


demi we love u for who you are forget the past.value the things that you have and live your life to the fullest.the right guy will come and swift u off of ur feet.he will take care of u.for now rest and relax.we love strong.


SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sad!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like Demi's going to need a lot of help with all this wonder how she's coping after having to leave her tour and her fans, because we all know how much she loves her fans. Lets make our pairs go out to her and her family. I know I already have.
Demi- I know you'll be OK your friends family and true fans are supporting you and rooting for you and we will be forever. VEGAS has got your back


If you feel that demi is being a baby and needs to grow up then what the hell r u even doin c0mmentin on her c0ndition? Why are u gvin her that attention? Shut the fuck up and pretend to hav a life so u won't be here commentin shit on hers!! Ur just a bunch of morons! If u hate ha then gud fo u, what the hell do we care? Ur hatred won't change a thing in her life c0z guess what, wethe u hate ha o not, she's achievd more than u being owning up, than u ever will ur entire lifetime!!!


Wtf.! Is wrong with some of you people.! All of u are hypocraitz, I bet before this happened anyone that is talking crap about her, used to love her. Now because she's have some problems you all turn your back on her.! What kind of fans are you.! The ones writing all that mean stuff, your the ones who need to grow yup., unlike demi who was grown enough to realize that she needed help, and was wise enough to get help.
I hope she gets better, I know wat it feels like to be depressed, and I never got help for it, but im glad that she is. She doesn't deserve all this crap that people are saying. Any one who has said something mean about her should really be disappointed with themselves.!


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.

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

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