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Demi Lovato Seeking Treatment For Cutting, Eating Disorder

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This is absolutely heart wrenching.

Demi Lovato checked herself into a rehab facility yesterday for what her rep called "emotional and physical issues," and now sources close to her family have confirmed that she's being treated for cutting, as well as an eating disorder.

Insiders explain:

"She fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting. [She] is taking control by getting help. She definitely had body-image issues. She was always conscious of her weight. Like many other teenage girls, she struggled a lot to fit in and find acceptance. She's very sensitive, very intuitive and that is part of what makes her a wonderful performer – very talented. It is double-edged sword. I think she felt that the hard time she had [in school], problems with kids who were incredibly vicious made her stronger. But none of us feel strong every day."

Poor thing. It's hard to keep in mind sometimes that at the end of the day, she's just an 18 year old girl with the same problems and insecurities as anyone else her age - just under a tremendous amount more pressure.

We are, however, relieved to know that she's seeking help and ready to face her issues.

Stay strong, bb - we're thinking of you.

[Image via WENN.]

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176 comments to “Demi Lovato Seeking Treatment For Cutting, Eating Disorder”

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  1. 1

    Sigh. That's what I thought.

    Don't worry, Demi - I feel you. I'm 18 too, and I feel the same way a lot. Well, regarding the weight-consciousness/eating. Not the cutting (that shiz makes me shiver).

    Anyway, rooting for you and I hope you make a great recovery!

  2. 2

    aww poor girl
    at least shes getting help now

  3. 3

    That's terrible, I hope she pulls through…and keep positive ppl around her.

  4. 4

    Keep the comments nice and remember that this is an 18 yr old young woman. Hope she finds the help and support she's seeking!

  5. 5

    Poor girl, you can tell how much she's leaned out in the last year or so, she doesn't even look like the same girl. Fucking Disney, I swear to god. Stay away from that fucking mouse, mija, and take care of yourself!

  6. 6

    Hope she gets better and stays strong… @tarynlove follow me please

  7. 7

    Your gorgeous btw prettier than ashley Greene…Joe made a mistake…stay strong

  8. 8

    You said it best Perez, you forget these girls..Demi, Mylie, etc…are just teenagers. I hope she gets some rest & guidance…

  9. 9

    I believe Rumer Willis was about that age when you were attacking her daily on your page. Maybe even younger?

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  11. 11

    Poor thing! She is just a kid! It's hard to be on the spotlight! I wish her all the best!

  12. 12

    she's a brave girl for publicly admitting to her problems and seeking help. She's going to help a lot of other girls out there who are dealing with similar issues. Stay strong, beautiful!

  13. 13

    but also, I have a hard time thinking the adults didn't know the pressure on her, why the hell weren't the adults protecting her more? geez, if my underaged daughter was dealing with so much I wouldn't let her run off by herself on tour

  14. 14

    More pressure? Theres some kids out there that dont have the luxury of rehab or millions of dollars.But Im sure singing a few songs is much harder then exams, family breakdowns, poverty and loneliness.

  15. 15

    Stay strong Demi!!

  16. 16

    She's gross.

  17. 17

    This is awful and wonderful news at the same time. She is so young, yet it seems lots of teenage girls are going through the same problem, it just happens so that her life is in the public eye. However, it is great news that she has realised that she needs help and is seeking help to get better. It's better to treat this problem BEFORE going into Rehab.

    Get well and take care Demi, your fans are here for you. ♥

  18. hrg says – reply to this


    =( so sad.

  19. 19

    Cutting is about intense emotional pain. Joe Jonas is a first class creep. Feel better Demi, the rest of your life is going to be awesome!!

  20. 20

    Sweetie it gets better. Stay strong and thank your lucky stars you got help early. All the best to you.

  21. 21

    if I looked up to kim k I'd probably cut myself too………..

  22. 22

    Re: BIOTCH! – Of course you don't give her sympathy. You don't know the whole story. Also good god can you not destroy the english language with your horrific posting abilities?

    Having said that. I hope she gets better. I mean only 18 and getting treated for cutting and an eating disorder? That's horrible.

  23. 23

    I don't feel sorry for her. She's an attention seeker. Like seriously people who cut themselves embarrass me.

  24. buck says – reply to this


    we should make up that this is the latest epidemic and see if we can get all the D lister celebs to do videos like we did with the 'vidoes for gay youth'….that was hilarious how many jumped on that.

  25. 25

    I wonder if her treatment will involve getting a breast enlargement and butt liposuction?

  26. 26


  27. 27

    Re: Manda756 – what a stupid, stupid, waste of a human being you are.

  28. 28

    Glad to see she is getting the treatment she needs instead of turning to drugs or alcohol to help her cope. She is beautiful, and I hope she is able to finally see that.

  29. 29

    so sad :( i love Demi

  30. 30

    That's terrible…I hope she feels better.

  31. 31

    she has absolutely nothing to cut herself over. she's like 12.

  32. 32

    Are you serious Perez? You're a part of the problem when it comes to cases like this… not the solution. Own up to it.

  33. 33

    I know first hand what cutting does to you, I cut from 13-16.5. It's been nearly three years and the urge has never left. Cutting is and addiction just like alcohol and drugs that you never really get over. As for body issues such as an ED I don't have experience first hand. I may not like Demi as an actress or singer but I sincerely wish she can get healthy and stay healthy.

  34. 34

    Oh man, its hard to believe that someone so BEAUTIFUL and talented can still have issues within themselves… it's sad, but at least she admitted she had a problem and is seeking help…

    We'll be waiting for you when you get back Demi :)

  35. 35

    Re: flubbzi – you're being too kind to that ass wipe

  36. 36

    Well Perez, many of those insecurities are caused by you and other people. Then again I hope this girl finds strenght and realizes its just silly to be focused on the image all the time.
    So Perez, you gona keep calling Mariah Carey "Mimoo"? and make comments about her weight after her baby is born?.

  37. 37

    Why do people keep saying this is because of her being famous? She was like this before she got discovered! I have limited sympathy for her because instead of being grateful of everything she has she f's it up by doing this crazy shiet!

  38. 38

    Re: bellebeexo – You're laughable. The article clearly states how old she is.
    Besides, people may encounter difficult emotional issues at any stage in their life. You have the introspection of a 12 year old.

  39. 39

    Stay strong sweetie…My best thoughts are with you.

  40. 40

    Is she someone you relentlessly made fun of? There have been so many, it's hard to remember.

  41. Relaa says – reply to this


    Poor Demi, her fans are with her! I love her!

  42. Dxxx says – reply to this


    Re: Realitychecked – So glad you are a part of this world RealityCHecked and so glad you came to this board and commented. I thought for sure the wolves would smell blood and come to attack the weak.

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  44. 44

    i love demi, shes amazing and i know she will get better. she is only 18 and is smarter then most people her age. we have known she hasn't been fully well fro a while so its good she took this into her own hands

    shes in my prayers and my heart

  45. 45


  46. Dxxx says – reply to this


    Re: BIOTCH!Re: BIOTCH! – I hope people have empathy for you should you fall mentally ill…. depression affects 13 million every year. It's entirely possible you could suffer from a mental illness…your best friend or sister have crazy thoughts of killing herself while suffering from post partum. You must be young and immature to think that you cast no shadow…ugh, your cruelty literally gives me chills. Standing next to you must be a lot like standing in a grave yard.

  47. Laury says – reply to this


    Just what everyone has been suspecting. We all knew this girl has major issues. Poor thing. My advice is that when she gets out of the treatment center, she gets out of Disney as well. Disney does nothing but mess young girls up.

  48. 48

    Gosh that poor girl but thank goodness she's decided to seek help.

  49. Dxxx says – reply to this


    Re: BIOTCH! – RE: BIOTCH! Did you just get this computer for your 12th birthday? I have come across people as naïve, cruel and intellectually under-developed as you before but they were all 12.

  50. 50

    Re: Leitmotif – You shouldn't use big words like that, I don't think that the chick you're responding to is smart enough to understand what you're saying lol.
    Pretty much anyone here talking shit about cutting has 0% empathy and 0% understanding of mental illnesses. (Especially those who say "people cut for attention" - this is for you

  51. 51

    I really love Demi, but THAT is the definition of ungrateful.

  52. 52

    Re: BIOTCH! – Get AIDS.

  53. 53

    somehow, i feel like she wouldn't have come to this point if she had stayed friends with Selena instead of switching over to Miley.

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  55. 55

    This is so sad shes my idol &+ when I found out about it last night I cried I'm glad she is getting help, but it's sad that she has to go through all this she doesn't derserve it just I'm 18 as well &+ to see a girl like her at our age to have to go to get help is sad to see. I know she will come back stronger than ever I pray for her at this very diffcult time in her life I just want her to know that she has her fans here for her. &+ for those people leaving negative comments you guys really need to grow up.

  56. 56

    I can't imagine going on tour with your ex boyfriend immediately after breaking up, with everybody knowing your situation, helps that emotional stress any.

    Sad that such a beautiful creation can't see how beautiful it is God made her. And so talented. (And she was always gorgeous before the weight loss.)

  57. 57

    when i heard she was going into treatment and it wasn't for drugs, i had a strong feeling it was for cutting or an eating disorder. i'm glad for the most part, on this board, a lot of folks on this board can sympathize with demi.

  58. 58

    oh boo hoo. if she's under "so much pressure" then she shouldn't have gotten into the business. she wanted to be famous so this is what she deserves back. no one wants to hear her sit there complaining "OMG I'M UNDER SO MUCH PRESSURE I CANT STAND IT" well, sweetie it was your choice to be famous, no one forced you to be famous

  59. 59

    I have absolutely no sympathy for her. She is just attention-seeking. "oh my life is so hard! i'm famous it sucks! i'm under sooo much pressure i hate it" well she deserves everything she gets. Fame is a gift, especially when you're young and have does almost nothing to deserve it. She milked Selena Gomez for fame with that stupid youtube show because Selena was more famous and far more talented. Then she milked the Jonas Brothers for fame with Camp Rock. There are kids her age and younger with no homes and without families who love and care about them and kids who've killed themselves because of not having a caring family and things like that and she has the nerve to say she cuts herself cause she's under too much celebrity pressure? No. She doesn't deserve peoples sympathy in any way, shape or form.

  60. 60

    i'm glad she's getting help, i'm sorry she's had to suffer like this for so long but thats good she's seeking help for it now. i hope she's ok, i've always been a fan of her-more for her music and personality then the TV shows she's in because being 21, i don't like disney shows the way i used to when i was younger, i watch her stuff every now and then, but it seems to be aimed more for people like 15/16 and younger - but anyway i always LOVE her music and love if theres ever an interview with her or anything. she seems like such a fun person to hang out with! when it was her birthday i watched the video clips of her greeting her fans, thats so sweet of her to spend time on her birthday with her fans! i couldn't believe she was 18, i could have sworn she was atleast my age if not a year or two older then me, haha! but anyway, i hope she's ok, if i was in the entertainment industry i would so be her friend, she seems like a really fun person to hang out with!

    i've gone on and on.. i'm done now. if you read this Demi, hope you're ok - i admire your courage to face your face your problems like this and seek help. good luck with it all. :)

  61. 61

    Re: BIOTCH! – Dont know why everyones bitching at you, but i agree.

  62. 62

    people who say kids are out there poor and starving are pathetic. stop using that lame excuse. demi lovato isn't the first celeb to go through the same thing. remember mayilyn monroe, princess diana, edie sedgwick, michael jackson. they were all ruined by the pressures we give them.

  63. 63

    Get some help bitch!Sorry but this bitch aint fat….have a nice time in rehab.

  64. Dxxx says – reply to this


    Re: sjbaybay – Shhhh. The adults are speaking and you are just making annoying noise.

  65. 65

    serously guys!
    what shes going through its tough and your on here bad mouthign her. she needs support not people who are just gonna be mean!

    your in my prayers demi get better for your self and family no one else xx

  66. koe says – reply to this


    Re: jadeambuh – I disagree entirely with your staement. She's not being ungrateful at all, cutting has nothing to do with not being thankful for all you can have but with depression- and depression is also not about ingratitude. One of my closest friends cut/self harmed, it was very sad to see her go through all that emotional trauma- and it's an addiction that returns whenever things get tough. I wish Demi the best and hope she gets through this- she seems like a really lovely person.

  67. 67

    This is just sad on having insight on what's going on in these young girls minds nowadays and I think it has just gotten so much worse over the years from when I went to high school. I hope she gets the best treatment and gets better.

  68. 68

    I really feel for Demi. I don't care if a person is famous or not, when they feel this way they are still human beings and Demi is still a young girl. Feel better soon Demi.

  69. 69

    Lucky you "changed" your attitude before this isn't it Perez? God knows what horrid things you've said about her, and any of these young Disney girls in fact. It's sites like yours that made these things happen to these girls. I only came on here to learn the gist of what was going on, never to see your awful bloody way of commenting on people.

  70. 70

    Re: MoritzStiefel – Yeah also a million kids out there are constantly in the spot light and having everything they do constantly monitored through the media. Gosh you know soooo much. Oh please…

  71. Dxxx says – reply to this


    Re: jadeambuh – Dear Dumb Ass jadeambuh: What do you have against books or Google? sjbaybay: Can you read beyond a 5 yr. old level? If so, read what mental health professionals and professed self-mutilators say about the disease? And I want to emphasize the word "disease." 5 minutes of reading up on mental illness before you decided to sling shit like a retarded monkey might get that ‘Fucking Fool" tattoo off your forehead and as an added benefit to me I wouldn’t have to spend my time schooling you. You would understand Demi doesn't do this on purpose-she is powerless. Manda756: Would you be embarrassed if your Mom got Cancer? Would you denigrate a person with Cancer? jadeambuh; I dare you and all your like minded village idiots to read a mere 300 seconds worth of research before being horribly cruel to someone that will likely read your hateful comments. Do all of you feel better for virtually kicking the shit out of a scared girl who is already down and weak?

  72. 72

    Re: Manda756 – I like how you assume you know her from only by what you read from a news clippings. Are all celebrity gossipers as stupid as you are and assume they know the ins and outs of their lives? lol your pseudo intellect makes me laugh.

  73. 73

    Re: sjbaybay
    So in other words you don't have sympathy for people who have a legitimate problem right? Your idea of helping a drug addict is to shove a bag of coke in their face and say "it's up to you" lol. No wonder people look down on people like you. You'd probably beat up someone for being gay. Your assumption about people you don't know makes you a moron. FYI buddy.

  74. 74

    Re: BIOTCH! – apparently you still have yet to grasp the simple logistics of writing like a human being. I'm starting to think that you're the one with a substance abuse problem. YOu type like you're on smack. Maybe you ought to check yourself in lol. Moron.

  75. 75

    Re: thepartyscene – I said before to someone else and I'm going to say it to you. You act like you know what it's like to be a hollywood celebrity. And I find it funny that you assume that she is FAMOUS means that she is HAPPY. I guess you are unaware of what fame does to a person and what its like to constantly be under a camera lense 24/7. You say she deserves everything she gets, yet you are probably someone who would shove a coke bag in front of an addict and say “its up to you”. I'm glad people like you exist. It makes it so much better to know that I can insult someone and not feel bad.

    Also Milked selena Gomez for game? How fucking stupid are you? She was famous at the same time WITH Selena Gomez. They were both on the Barney show? So yeah they started out the same. Also The Jonas brothers weren't even FAMOUS before Camp Rock. At least not as they are now. So pretty much they have HER to thank.

  76. 76

    Re: thepartyscene – But what I find reprehensible on your end is that you are exploiting issues like homelessness and broken families for a personal dislike you have for someone? That's ten times more deplorable that anything you accuse this person, someone you don't even know, of doing. You say she has the nerve to cut herself because she's under way too much preasure? Lol Well then why not use that same logic to the people you mentioned? Oh my god! These kids have no loving families or people to care about and they have the nerve to act out? The preasure they must be under. Get a clue you dumb ass. Either that or rid the world of stupidity and kill yourself lol.

    Honestly how stupid are you? Are all you pseudo intellect gossipers the same? or do you act like you know whats going on by nature? Just curious.

  77. 77

    Re: MoritzStiefel – Uhm because she's an idiot?

  78. 78

    Re: thepartyscene – So because she is famous she deserves nothing but negativity? Basically that is what you are saying. When she hasn't even complained ONCE, you're basically making accusations about her. God your logic is so flawed it's not even funny. I bet you'd probably kick a homeless guy in his face if he asked you for a dime lol. Also what up with the all caps posting? Are you that stupid that you can't even post an insult correctly? Go back to school kid. Leave this discussion to the grown ups.

  79. 79

    ive had the same exact issues ever since i was around 12 and they never go away. hopefully she can make it through this because if she does that shows hope for the rest of us..

  80. 80

    oh no :( i know all too well how that feels and i'm sorry she has to go through this but i'm glad she's getting help. praying for her xo

  81. 81

    she doesn't need treatment nor pills, she needs someone to slap her across the face for being so ungrateful. there's probably nothing wrong with her life other than Joe moving on to a way prettier girl, but that's no reason to cut yourself.

  82. 82

    This is so sad to me. I was also once a cutter (when i was about 12 or 13 till i was about 14) and to all the people, it has nothing to do with being ungreatful for the things you have, or the gifts you have been given. It is from depression, from feeling alone, or simply not being happy living the life you live- you can be greatful for all the money and the fame and know that it is a gift, and still not like it. Fame is not for everyone and unfortunatly some people do not know they cant handle it until they are famous.

    It takes alot of support to not be depressed, and to also get over a weight struggle. I never had a eating disorder, but i was a teenager not long ago, and being just a teenager is hard for some people. It took me being with my now husband and gaining 45 lbs to realize that i wasnt fat when i weighed 105 lbs.

    I wish Demi all the support in the world. It is extremely difficult to be that unsecure with yourself, and its a good thing that she has realized this and is seeking treatment.

  83. 83

    That is too bad. She is nice…NOT trashy like that Cyrus ugly Bitch. That one will likely do something bizaar in order to catch attention. Her crap movie, record, and clothing line are not doin'n it ! Good luck, Demi….You are a TRUE STAR, unlike that that dumb Cyrus Tram p !

  84. 84

    And, Y'alll please don't confuse me, Be-Atch, with BIOTCH ! Please and Thank you !

  85. 85

    Re: JustCata
    I think what you need is a slap across your face for assuming that you know what is going on with her life. How is what she is doing is considered "ungreatful" and how do you know what it's like in her life? Seriously I said this before and I'll say it again, you don't know the inside of her life or what she is going through. The fact is you are probably one of those people who would shove a coke bag in front of a addicts face and egg them on to take a hit. Again if any needs a slap across the face, it's you for making a stupid assumption.

    PS: Ashley Greene is fucking ugly and untalented. Your Twilight whore is nothing more than a one hit wonder.

  86. 1hnb1 says – reply to this


    Re: BIOTCH! – don't talk about people you don't even know, everyone reacts differently to things and how do you know what her life is like? you don't know so don't say anything about it and take your ignorance and go somewhere else.

  87. 87

    Awwww..poor little rich girl…

    Where is the sympathy for the children in our country that really needs help? No where.

  88. Dxxx says – reply to this


    Re: ThePerezHater – Welcome to the grown up team–I am glad that you are here! I was duly impressed with you for rectifying the grossly flawed logic of these youngsters—how did these little fuckers get access to the computer unsupervised by an adult? It should be less aggravating to read up on gossip after 8 when they have all gone to bed. Isn’t Perez such a slimy instigator? Is that him writing under the pen name “Reality Checked”?

  89. 89

    This loon has been cutting for years, but wouldn't admit it. It was so obvious…

  90. 90

    The fact that people are seriously bashing an innocent 18 year old girl makes me fucking sick. You guys should really be ashamed of yourselves. Okay, she is famous!! And I bet she had NO CLUE how hard being famous would be, which is probably why it is affecting her so much. A lot of young women go into this business and KNOW it is what they truly LOVE and DESIRE, but do not think it will take that kind of toll. This is sad news and I hope she gets better. She is beyond beautiful and has one of the most amazing voices in the world!! I suffered from BOTH, thank you very much and it is HARD! I cut myself in hopes to feel a little pain on the outside so I wouldn't feel so much on the inside, but I guess I was just being an "Attention whore? Right? And when the pain became too much t bare on the inside I felt numb, as if I could no longer feel at all, so I started again in hopes to prove to myself that I could still feel SOMETHING, ANYTHING, to know I was not a emotional wreck. HOw dare you guys! SICK!

  91. Lumie says – reply to this


    I'm the same age as her - we actually have the same bday, and I know what it's like to battle an eating disorder and depression, so I feel bad for her. I sincerely hope she gets better.

    However, it's a bit annoying to me that Perex & everyone else is all "oh, poor Demi, her life is SO much harder than a normal teenager's". Seriously? Like someone's FORCING her to be a part of the Hollywood scene? It's her own choice to be under all that pressure.

    Besides, us non-famous 18-year-olds have pressure, too. While she's living her glamorous life with all her millions, some of us normal people have to work really hard with our studies and jobs. Some don't even have those. So PLEASE, don't make that rich, pretty, famous girl "the victim". Really.

  92. 92

    Re: ThePerezHater – Clearly you should be taking your own advice. You don't know her… so I guess you can't be making any judgments either about this so called "problem" she has. You're ignorant.

  93. 93

    so sorry to hear that. what can you fucking do. there is nothing. it sucks she's suffering

  94. 94


  95. 95

    Re: ThePerezHater – Also I read all the comments you wrote. I think you're an idiot.

  96. 96

    Re: ThePerezHater – are you a celebrity - STFU!

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  98. 98

    I like how people on this board are actually telling people the rude and idiot things they post. Demi has always been my role model along side with Selena ever since i could remember. I too have and still are fighting with cutting and i know what she is going through right now. To all the people who say Demi is ungrateful and complains about her being famous keep in mind that her life isn't easy if you see from the fans point of view. Stars( especially young stars) are forced to keep a perfect life for their younger fans to look up too. I see this from my point of view and of course it is just my opinion. I am not a grown up (which might make up for some spelling errors) and yet i am disgusted by the amount of bad comments made and the fighting… Demi is not just another star but keep in mind she once was a human being and she still is. My prayers and wishes to Demi. All your fans are waiting and wishing for your fast recovery and for you to be very healthy!

  99. 99

    Re: ThePerezHater – i agree with EVERYTHING you have said. i was going to write a very strongly worded post to BIOTCH and Manda, but you took care of it :)

  100. 100

    my first time commenting on here…'n i am appalled by some of these negative comments! cutting is a very serious issue! eating disorders are very serious issues regardless of whether you're famous or not! how anyone can reduce her to being an attention seeker and she deserves it, is absolutely disgusting! it's really sad to see that there are such hateful people out there that have no clue as to how to be an empathetic human being! i commend demi for taking the necessary steps to heal. she's just a regular human being as anyone else!

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