Demi Lovato: Cutting Herself Since Age 11!

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We've known Demi Lovato is a "cutter," but the recent revelation that she began to slit her wrists and mutilate herself at age 11 is startling.

Now 18, Demi opened up to 20/20 about her recent stint in a treatment center, where she was treated for cutting, bulimia and emotional issues.

Cutting is "a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body," according to Demi, who adds she's been overeating since age eight.

Demetria Lovato

Demi Lovato has also experienced - and been shaped by - bullying.

"I've spoken openly about being bullied throughout the past few years," she says.

"But one thing that I've never been able to feel comfortable talking about was the effects that it had on my life, afterward. I didn't know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, 'Well, you're fat."

Her torment turned into a lifelong disease, and one dangerous habit after another.

"I developed an eating disorder, and that's kind of what I've been dealing with ever since," she said. "I was matching the inside to the outside."

"And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn't know what to do," Demi Lovato says of spiraling out of control.

"The only way that I could get instant gratification," she chillingly notes, "was through an immediate release, and taking it out on myself."

During the interview, Lovato also says she takes "100 percent, full responsibility" for attacking her back-up dancer Alex Welch last year:

"I feel horrible, [She] was my friend."

Lovato says she hopes her story can "open up the eyes of so many young girls" who are fighting the same issues. We hope it does, too.



Cutting most of my friends used to do it. When she stopped she said that it was because of me. At first I didn't understand but now I do these people hate down on the inside and are just haters all together and her boyfriend was very rude and hit her and then she started. You can believe how many times I thought about suicide it's not right though my friend reminds me how bad it can be. And without me my friend would have cut herself to death.


DEMI I❤you your amazing


no coment lol fuckin slag


I'm 14 and I starting cutting my wrist this year September. I to, also have a eating disorder. Haven't gotten any help because I'm afraid what will my parents say.

@ Anon

Hey, I know this is really late, but I understand. I really do, and if your parents are still not mature enough to be able to comfort you and help you, then that's their problem. I sincerely hoped you have stopped, but if you haven't, and have not told anybody, please, I am begging you, please tell someone. I know what your going through and once I talked to my mom, everything went uphill. I started doing things I liked and tried to enjoy life, and know I've been clean for a very long time. I hope everything is okay, but it is okay to not be okay sometimes.


Demi, I love you so much . I cut and still have suicidal thoughts . But when I don't cut , it's because I'm thinking of you. Btw , I'm 13 been cutting for 2 years .


Heyy demi I love you soo much


i used to cut i am so proud she dealt with it she is still my idol


Demi u r so Awesome your my hero I love u and your songs


i'm confused


Demi Lovato you are so pretty! I love you so much you are my role model. I love your songs. Your fans love you so much. I feel so sorry for you that you got bullied, people just say bad comments because they are jealous I think you should ignore them! I know how hard it can be to ignore them. Please don't cut your self, you are so beautiful.


Demi Lovato Biography

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Dallas, Texas
Full Name
Demetria Devonne Lovato

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