Demi Lovato: A Role Model For Young Girls?

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"There was nobody there for me to look at and say this is unhealthy. I want to be that for a 13-year old girl deciding whether or not to eat dinner, or an 18-year-old girl deciding whether or not to keep her breakfast down." - Demi Lovato

Her "emotional and physical issues" are well-documented, but rather than hide from them, the Disney starlet wants to be a role model because of them.

Say what now?

Demi Lovato on Ellen

Demi Lovato, 19, who used to cut herself and who has battled eating disorders, taped an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show scheduled to air Tuesday.

She says she wants to be "outspoken" and freely talk about her "issues" because when she grew up, she "was dealing with the pressures to be thin."

"It was the time in the tabloids when very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine, and that's what I was looking up to," she says.

"That's what I had to idolize. I don't want that for young girls."

While she calls her old life a "mess," right now, it is what it is.

In fact, at this point, she's actually grateful for her "meltdown."

"So many things were going great in my life, and then all of a sudden my personal life just went down at crazy speeds," the "Skyscraper" singer says.

"I had a negative breakdown and it changed my life forever."

"But if I hadn’t gone into treatment," she continues, "I don't know if, one, I'd even be sitting here today, [or] two, if I'd even be alive today."

We're so grateful that she is, and hope that young people can take what she says very seriously. It's good that she's up front about her past, don't you think?

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demi if your reading this i just want you to know that i really love your music and you i wish i could meet you so much and i wish i could be at your concerts every time you have one ;)
i am 8 years younger than you

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i love demi so much i wish i could meet her but my mom always says no cool story when i found out demi was cutting herself i said mom i dont like demi she said why i said because she cuts herself my mom said you should love people no matter what god doesnt want us not to like people just because they cut themselves he wants us to pray for them so they get better so that night i prayed and the next day she was better! Amazing right?

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because of all the skinny bitches most of the girls stop eating food and all that shit demi is a real role model to every one,she's gone thru so much in her life and look at her,she's stronger than ever,last year i stop eating,i lived on water i lost 10lbs in 2 days i was in hospital for 2 weeks because of the skinny bitch and now i'm eating normal and i'm living a normal life

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This is a good thing if you ask me. What happened to her was very public and she handled it better than most would've.

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Demi IS a role model! I am 15 and I struggle with my weight. I have thought about purging a zillion times cuz not eating wasnt working. But when i saw that she overcame her problems and looked amazing with curves i knew i could do it too. And expAArty girl. . . Noone is flawless. If you push ur child to be he or she will end up resenting you. Everyone should be able to have there moments of weakness. Now because of Demi i know that im beautiful inside and out. Love Is Louder Than The Pressurd to be perfect! I love you Dem! Imma a Lovatic for life. And thats the truth. I will always remember Barney!:)

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ExpAArtygurl, If you read what she is saying you'd understand. She doesn't want her old self to be a role model, she is saying she wants to be there to support girls who are going through what she did. Why couldn't she be able to do that? Someone with experience, who has gone through that situation and recovered(supposedly)wants to help others. I don't understand how that is wrong. I also don't know how old your child is but to not allow her around "weak" people? You can't do that forever. Isn't it better to have a good line of communication with your child and be involved in her life so that you are aware of most things she goes through? Unlike your daughter, I don't know how much support or supervision she had from her parents. She WAS obviously weak but everyone deserves a second chance.

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As a parent & woman I can't and won't allow my child to br around any weak people! The fact that she is suppose to be a role model is a slap in the face to all of these young girls that have made it through actual situations! Cutting yourself and becoming anorexic & bulimic shows that you are in no way fit to tell any child anything! It's called self esteem! How can anybody make YOU feel good about YOU!
Shame on her friends & family for allowing her to spiral out of of control as they sat idly by and cashed them checks! I want m daughters role model to be strong, intelligent women full of pride for themselves as well as others. Not some young broad that isn't true to herself. Maybe if she got some real professional help, grew up a lil and realized that gaining or losing weight is the least of your problems.
Such a shame, all that money and still fucked up. Way to go inner circle!

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As a parent & woman I can't and won't allow my child to br around any weak people! The fact that she is suppose to be a role model is a slap in the face to all of these young girls that have made it through actual situations! Cutting yourself and becoming anorexic

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Hey hollei? Fred phelps called. They want you back with the rest of the westboro baptist ministries.

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I love Demi she is my rolmodell