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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.”

Demi Lovato Is Sober

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.