Demi Lovato to Leave Sonny With a Chance

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Demi Lovato is leaving Sonny With a Chance, the show that's made her a star on the Disney Channel. She'll instead focus on her pop career - and recovery.

Given the actress sought treatment recently for "physical and emotional issues," and confessed to cutting herself since age 11, a change might do her good.

"It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music," Lovato tells People. "It's sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended."

"However, there couldn't be a better time for me to move on."

A Demi Lovato Picture

The "nervous breakdown" she suffered last October while touring with the Jonas Brothers - an episode that led her to check into rehab is still fresh in her mind.

"I don't think going back to Sonny would be healthy for my recovery," admitted the 18-year-old actress. "Being in front of a camera would make me nervous."

In a frank interview with ABC's Good Morning America and 20/20 set to air Friday, Lovato acknowledges a lifelong struggle with an eating disorder and cutting.

Hopefully she continues to get the help she needs to live a happier and healthier life, and moving on from Sonny With a Chance is the best means to do so.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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i lopve you i miss you your my FAVIROTE TV STAR we LOVE sunny with a chance girl <3

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look jas.a.mine she is a start andd has EVERYTHING but eerything also means she can have problems just like any of us okay only cause she rich dont mean shes perfect okay by that i mean like she has nothing to worry about. shes a star but deep inside shes a normal teen like me and you which mean sh can have melt downs and instead of critizing we should be there for us because we are all girls and teen that have our own issues and we should just be by her side andd thats all! DEMI I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND I DONT CARE WHAT YOU DO (TV SHOWS OR MUSIC)I WILL STILL BE YOUR #1 FAN AND HOPE YOU GET BETTER :)

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plz demi dont harm yourself !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! follow your dreams but not the bad ones

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i like you before you left your show and now your just a total nerd. i realy had to say that but you are wone.i realy miss you and i looked up for you i bet chad tonny ... and the rest of the crew miss you. please turn your life around and come back on the show your fans are not that grate any more. sonny with a chance was the best show ever but i forgot your not on that show any more .also that was almost the only show i watched .i have a qustion why did u quit?

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i love sonny with a cance but i dont understaned wye she had to leve right in the mitel of the seson.i saw the last epicoed and i waited to see more i waited months four a nothe one and i dont under stand wye she dint say aftef the show that i was the last i could have been alot beter but i think that demi is a rilly good singer too

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Demi. your my idol. I look up to you in so many ways. Your insanely gorgeous, your style, you rpersonality, you voice is AH-MAZ-ING! I was so shocked when you had to go to rehab. Please dot hurt yourself. I havent watched sonny with a chance since you left. Please come back!!!.
Love one of your biggest fans, hayley

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Demi u should not do this 2 ur self u r the best I understand bout the recovery but do not cut urself I want u 2 live and go back to Sonny with a Chance Demi im ur fan I wish u the best luv ur fan Nana

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I love Sonny with a Chance but she does need recovery time. I only wish she would take a break for a while and then return to do it, but it's what she has chosen to do and we must accept it... No matter... how sad.... it makes me feel to know..... that Sonny and Chad can never get back together... But she does have a point about needing recovery time. Too bad she won't be back, but we should still support her. :/

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i feel sad for you demi. why do something that u will never regret tto yhr fans , espeacialy to the cast of Sonny With The Chance. All i have to say is get help and plzzzz dnt lose wat u had and had comin to yhr career/life.. luv a fan br*ia!!

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i wish u the best demi, u are my biggest fan and we will support u with ur desicion