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Demi Lovato opens up about eating disorders, cutting; tweets about heading back to studio

Demi Lovato opens up about cutting, eating disorders Demi Lovato opened up to Seventeen magazine about her "dark period" that included depression, eating disorders and cutting, ultimately landing her in rehabilitation last year at an Illinois facility.

"I basically had a nervous breakdown. I was really bad off. My parents and manager pulled me aside and said, 'You need to get some help.' It was an intervention. I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over," the 18-year-old Disney star told the magazine.

Lovato signed on as a contributing editor for the May issue to talk about her dangerous habits, which became "so intense that she blew up and punched one of her dancers on tour."

"If you are going through that dark period, go to your family and closest friends," she said. "Don't put yourself in danger. It's very crucial that you get your feelings out -- but don't ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything."

The "Sonny With a Chance" star, who recently got "stay strong" tattoos as a thank-you for fan support,  admitted to cutting herself in order to deal with pressure to be "perfect." She was checked into a rehabilitation facility last November through January to be treated for "emotional and physical issues."

The Seventeen article mentions starving herself, binging and purging, and cutting.

"One of the reasons I was so unhappy for years was because I never embraced my emotions and I was trying to stay in control," she said. "In treatment, all of the negative things I did were stripped away and I had to start processing my feelings."

Lovato has teamed up with Seventeen to post articles twice a month on the magazine's website. She also joined the Jed Foundation for "Love Is Louder Than the Pressure to Be Perfect," a project that helps teen girls deal with the same issues as her. The organization works to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college students.

Though her reps had been tight-lipped about the details of her rehab, they vehemently denied that she was being treated for drug or alcohol abuse. Now the starlet is looking forward to telling her version of the story.

"10 days until my GMA and 20/20 interview.. The 20/20 one will be more in depth.. I'm so excited to REALLY share my story with you all.." she tweeted Tuesday. The future of her hit Disney Channel show had been uncertain; however, she wrote a message  to her followers alluding that she was out and about and possibly getting back in the game.

"Getting a healthy workout in then heading to....... The studio ;)"

No word whether it's a television studio or recording studio that she's heading back to, but the phrase "NewDemiMusic" became a top trend on the micro-blogging site soon after.

As for her new personality, she said she doesn't "really define it by anything."

"I live my life every day, and if I feel like wearing combat boots one day and shoes the next, I will," she said. "I allow myself a lot of freedom and I'm very peaceful now. I have come to realize that just making yourself happy is most important.

"Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That's my life motto."


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Photo: Demi Lovato at her 18th birthday party in New York on Aug. 19, 2010. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

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Demi punched out her backup dancer. That's why people "pulled her aside" and told her she needed rehab. She's like a female Chris Brown. I can't believe she's being allowed to rehabilitate her public image as some kind of victim after she pulled that vicious attack.

Why are we treating her so differently from the way we treat Chris Brown?

Take a look at the photo of Demi's victim over at TMZ. Black eye, bruised cheek -- like Rihanna without the split lip.

Demi needs to take the same level of responsibility for her violence that we expect from Chris Brown.

Demi is nothing like Chris Brown...first of all she is not a pathetic boy who needed to beat a up a girl in order to feel impowered. She is a teenage girl going thru teenage problems...im not condoning the fact that she punched the girl, but niether is Demi...she is owning up to everyone of her mistakes, she is not tryin 2 sugarcoat nething. The dancer had a mere black eye...Rihanna's face was almost unrecognizable so their is a HUGE difference there. Personally for what chris brown did was downright scary...its hard to accept him again esp. after he flipped out again on the talk show...u CANNOT compare the two...seriouslyyyyy

The way to compare Chris brown with Demi Lovato is to look at the faces of their victims.

Both girls about the same age, both with black eyes and bruised cheeks.

And what did either of those two girls do to deserve those black eyes and bruises?

That's all we need to compare the two -- photos of their female victims.

Violence against women is never acceptable, not even when perpetrated by a woman.

the difference between chris brown and demi is that chris actually beat rihanna up. demi just gave her ONE black eye and demi wasn't in her right state of mind. demi already talked about it and she's gonna talk more about it next friday. demi is in fact suffering from mental illness.. she did in fact needed help. she's not playing the victim, she's simple telling her story. she has every right to do so.

and how do you want her to own up to it? she already went to treatment for 3 months, she payed her, she apologized, she lost fans, and she feels ashamed. what else can she possibly do? that girl got money, 15 minutes of fame.. that's what she wanted. she was dancing and partying the day after demi punched, she kept talking about it months after it happened, etc. now she's talking about her disorders to help other teens going through the same thing. she's actually doing something about it.

Demi was not in her right state of mind, it only happened once, she payed the girl money, she apologised, she went to rehab to get help and now she is helping kids not go through what she has. Demi is NOTHING like Chris Brown! Yeah, she made a mistake, nobody's perfect! She is trying to make up for that though! Keep up the great work Demi!
ps. do u guyz really think by writing that, that would help her self esteem if she reads this? hasn't she been through enough?

Do you know what it's like to be a girl becoming a woman, carrying around so much emotional baggage? Kids are cruel, and the whole junior high/high-school experience doesn't just end when you graduate, it's carried with you for the rest of your life. Demi is like 80 lbs, how much damage could she have honestly done to that girl? Girls fight, it will always be that way. But like the others said, she owned up to it, paid most likely a ridiculous amount of money to that girl, and checked into a rehab. Honestly, Demi's pretty well off for a girl with those kinds of problems. I can tell you from experience that she could be worse.

Personally, I think they should treat Demi like no other; she should be punished for her actions and not praised for them. People say that she was going through a tough time, and she was not in the right state of mind when she physically hit the girl, but all actions are judged and I think the girl that got hit should get justice because she was only minding her business till she got socked in the face by a 19 year old anorexic? Its not like Demi had roid rage.

you dont need to cut yourself. you should always feel like your nothing less than a human being and as for the eating disorder.. your so skinny!! you shouldnt ever feel the need to do anything to your body, no matter how much you have the urge to. you should go to your closest friends. Selena? or Taylor? you should go to the people who you think care most about you and you care most about them. be true to yourself(: and the answer to why the bullies were so mean is because they get a good emotional release on making other people feel like crap. they need to make people feel self-conscious or hate themselves. and the only thing you can do is not care what they say. your the judge of yourself and nobody can take that away feom you.
Ive cut myself once and it was all because of some
serious drama and losing the guy i care about MOST. i lost him as a friend. I'll never regret starting to fall in love with him but theres times when i just listen to a song and think of him.. and it hurts so much knowing what happened between us.<|3 maybe you feel the same way about Joe but just know these things probably happen for a reason and this just makes you stronger. It didnt work out with Joe because God knew you deserbed better and theres gonna be a guy that loves you equally as much as you love him.
Its mind over matter, I dont mind and you dont matter. I think thats a good quote to remember.(:
your fan, and friend till the end<3

i think demi lovato should take time from things and let her past go do not worry about what people say back then if you know that you arent fat that just ignore them and keep it pushen people will talk about you till the day you die and theres nothing you can do about it because that stuff is not true!!!!

Ok um u people saying that Demi Lovato is like chris brown are obviously just jealous that she like awesome and a good role model actually. Yeah, so she had an eating disorder, she was a cutter, she punched some chick who probably deserved it anyways, what's the big deal?!!! I think Demi is actually a wonderful role model, I look up to her, you people saying that it was totally wrong for her to punch that chick have probably never had an eating disorder or any mental illness! you don't know what it's like to go everyday when you don't want to get out of bed, you're afraid to eat, u hate how you look, and you lose so many friends It isn't even funny! Just put yourself in her shoes. I swear I'm like, a mini Demi Lovato, I looked almost exactly like her when I was little. Then when I was 11 I became anorexic. I was admitted into a mental hospital at age 12. Now I'm 13 an I've admittedly become a freaking bulimic, you don't know the internal battles people like us go through every single day, it's like we have no other choice! And we have to see so many shrinks and psychiatrists and nutritionists and doctors and all those people, its not even funny! You don't choose this, no one wants to be locked up in a mental hospital, not able to have any contact whatsoever with the outside world, trust me that's where I spent my whole summer after 6th grade! In my opinion, she didn't even make a mistake, and she totally should not have payed that chick, because it wasn't demi's fault! And I know none of you that are normal and don't have an eating disorder or depression or OCD or whatever it is will ever understand! No one understands unless they've actually been there. I'm just glad Demi's better, I saw her in people magazine, and she looks great! She's a good role model because not only did she take the steps to help herself and get back to work, but now she's working to send the message to girls out there so they don't turn out like me, lonely and messed up with no way out. So Demi I luv ya keep working at it and stay strong :)

shhheewww... what happened to her??she's the sweetest girl i knew in disney channel...


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