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.



I know what it was like I'm still going through it your beautiful no matter what ok. I love you and you really inspired me your songs! _kay


i think demi lavato is a very pretty girl and why did you cut yrself for and i started doing what she did to her arms


demi levato is beautiful, she will alwase be my favorit disney female actress. She's beyond beauty at that. If anyone want's to really bully her they should take a good look at themselves for the fact that she made something out of her life, something big to. love you Demi Levato

@ RN-4-LiFe

She's ugly and she has a but chin and she is a fat ass nobody likes u you now why there putting those nice comments its because they feel bad foe u bye slut

@ Angelica634

fuckin bitch ur ae a fat slut urself u cunt dont to her like that fuckin bitch


demi i cut too because i sadd and i think every things my fault


Demi Lovato is my inspiration,i look up to her with what ever she does and i know and everyone knows that what she did wasnt very good,but it was her past. I still love her and will always look up to her,youre an amazing person Demi and your fans will always be here for you.


demi i think u are a beautiful strong person be who u are ur body is gerat u have an amazing voice and ur family friends and fans loves u too u r my ideal sometimes i go through hard things to and want to do the same but ithink of u my family and friends and think of the better ilu stay strong!!!!!!!!!!!


Demi you are pretty just the way you are. Don't let any body change who you are.i get bullied about my weight and it is not nice being skinny does not mean you are pretty. All I am trying to say Is that if you are bully stop now you are hurting people's feeling just think how they feel. My name is Rachael and I am 10 and I want to stop bullying now.i don't give a shit what say about me I am who I am


demi cutting your self is so wrong no matter what is the reason it does,nt deserve your blood please demi besides its in the past whats matters is the present

@ rana

You don't understand. You have to be a cutter or someone on the edge of becoming one in order to fully understand. It makes you feel better about yourself and make feel as though you finally have the control of something. It might sound sick, but is true. I was a cutter, not proud of it, hate it when people ask about the scars on my arms, but at that time it made sense.


demi lovato is beautiful and even if she wasn't. its the personality that counts your brave and kind, stay true to yourself. you're perfect just the way you are demi and we love you for that.......


Omg demi lovato how r u fat ur skinny and y do they bully ur beautiful no matter what if they bully u no matter what be brave and plz stop cutting ur self it make me wanna cry plz try not to cut ur self


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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