Demi Lovato Stay Strong Special: Singer Admits Eating Disorders, Cutting SINCE Rehab

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"If you took away music, I wouldn't have a reason to live."

Demi Lovato said many raw, honest things during her MTV Stay Strong special last night. Namely that she has cut herself and fallen victim to eating disorders even after seeking treatment for those issues back in October 2012.

Tuesday, she opened up about all of that and more.

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"I cannot tell you that I have not thrown up since treatment. I cannot tell you that I have not cut myself since treatment. I'm not perfect," the 19-year-old said.

Lovato, who was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder while in treatment, admits that this is an ongoing battle that she will have to work through every day.

The negativity she saw within herself started at the young age of 7, the Disney star explained, saying she "looked in the mirror and never felt good enough."

"I felt like I was living a lie...I was dealing with all this pain, emotionally. And I felt guilt and shame. I decided to take it out on myself. I harmed myself."

Demi Lovato even shared that she had to be on the phone with her sponsor during Thanksgiving this past year so that she wouldn't throw up her meal.

Thankfully, she made it through, but expressed that she felt guilty.

"An addiction is an obsession, something that takes over your mind and your every thought. You think that you can't live without it," she confessed.

"For me, it was not eating and purging and self-harming."

Luckily, Lovato found solace with music and the Lovatics.

"Every time someone asks me for a picture or an autograph, even if I'm having a bad day, I remember, 'You're nothing without this person,'" she said.

"They make it special and give me strength."

It's unusual to see such a frank discussion of such topics. We respect her candor and wish her nothing but the best in this continued struggle.


Correction, October of 2010


Big Fan of Demi, natural and humble which is tough to maintain in such an environment, really have to give props to not only facing and trying to beat her flaws, but taking the decision to let others know, and accepting it thoroughl. It takes a lot of guts. Nobody is perfect, certainly not Miss Lovato, but she sure is an amazing human being. Stay Strong! P.S. THG.. It was October of "2011"
YW ;)


They're called th hollywood GOSSIP they are going to get some details wrong lol


Haha Both THG and Deobrah1987 are both wrong with the dates...she went into treatment in October of 2010! Her newest album "Unbroken" Came out in 2011, it would be completely impossible for both 2011 & 2012 to even be the possibilities of when she went into treatment. Just sayin! :)
Either way, I love Demi and I am so proud of her! I watched the show last night, and it sincerely broke my heart. I never had to deal with what she had to, at least to her full experience, at that age, but she and I are the same age currently, and so I completely understand the pressures of being skinny or feeling the way she did. It's hard to share your story in that much depth, especially to the whole world. Kudos girl! :) Stay Strong!


Stay strong Demi, i love you so much bcos you inspire me & you love smiling -_- xo.


Good for her-I hope she reaches a lot of teenagers & that they find help after watching her special. She's a special young woman-a strong young woman.


shes so amazing


And yet deborah1987 you also got the date wrong its October 2010


She is so amazing.She had inspired me so much and she is still doing this.One of the best idols than someone can ask for.#StayStrong and be Unbroken.Lovatic for a life


You have the date wrong THG!!!! Its October 2011 not 12! Btw I love Demi Lovato and think she is a great inspiration to young women everywhere.


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

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