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Demi: "My Issues Stem From Other Things That Happened In My Childhood."

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demi lovato opens up about more personal issues

We're glad that Demi feels comfortable opening up so much. It can be very unhealthy to keep everything bottled up.

Last week, Demi Lovato opened up about some very personal issues including her eating disorder, her time in rehab, and her depression.

Now, Demi has opened up about some more personal issues, as well as the reaction to her new single Skyscraper.

Here's Demi on the origin of her issues that brought her to rehab:

"…My issues stem from other things that happened in my childhood. They are issues that every girl deals with, whether they're in the spotlight or not. Cutting has become so common with so many girls and in almost every family people have tried it or experimented with it and there is addiction all over the place. It doesn't necessarily come from being a quote unquote child star."

Demi on why she's been so vocal about her personal issues:

"Because I know that if I can use my voice to speak to one person, or one family, then I've done my part. I feel like it's no coincidence that God put me through all of this and has also given me the voice that I have. I feel like my purpose on earth is much greater than just being a singer, a musician or actress. I think it's to reach out to people and to raise awareness of these issues that not many people speak about."

"I would love to see people get help for the issues that I've spoken about and see me as an example and say, 'Wow, there is a life outside of this addiction or this eating disorder.' I think for me, if it prevents somebody from going down the path that I did, or if it saves someone's life because they choose to get help, then I've done my part."

Demi on whether or not she considers herself to be recovered:

"No. This is an ongoing process and the hardest part about these diseases is that they're things that I'm going to have to face every day for the rest of my life. I'm going to mess up and I'm not going to be perfect, but as long as I try everyday to get better and better myself, then I'm one step ahead of where I was before."

And on a lighter note, here's Demi on the positive response to her new single Skyscraper:

"There has been so much positive feedback, it's been so incredible. I hear that people like Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson respect my music and are even tweeting about it on their own time. I mean, it's just been so amazing and I've been so thankful and grateful. It's just so exciting for me, because these are people I look up to myself and then hearing that they're tweeting about me; it's like a dream come true."

We're so glad you're finding happiness in your new music, Demi! We know you've been through a lot and you've got a ways to go as you move forward with your recovery, but we're VERY proud of you and we know you can do it!

Keep up the good work and stay strong!

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34 comments to “Demi: "My Issues Stem From Other Things That Happened In My Childhood."”

  1. 1

    What's with the love fest with Demi lately, Perez? Latina? She can pass for white just like you. You are a faux Latino, Perez. You're about as Cuban as a Kennedy.

  2. 2

    im gald to hear demi is still hanging in there she actually has talent unlike some of those other disney stars (current and present). i like how she is trying to help others sometimes there is too much pressure on these stars to be role models for young girls when in reality parents need to be the one raising their kids not disney. im glad demi can make a comeback n focus on her music by surrounding herself with the right people this time and not those who don't have her best interest at heart

  3. 3

    side note: are those feathers earrings or part of her necklace?

  4. 4

    i like demi lovato and i think its great that shes over come all these problems.but my god does she look older than 18. irrelevent post but o well.

  5. 5

    Good for her! Im proud of Demi

  6. 6

    All I can say is good for her. The fact that she says all of this is an ongoing process and she's not 'cured' is a good sign. That means she's actually taking her recovery seriously.

  7. sanaa says – reply to this


    Who is this crazy faced FREAK?

  8. 8

    demi lovato is the only disney star that has talent in music. she deserves all the success.

  9. 9

    ..oh for fucks sake.

  10. 10

    "Cutting has become so common with so many girls and in almost every family people have tried it or experimented with ….."

    I have never ever considered/experimented/attempted to cut myself! I really hope I just misread that part (above) because not EVERY family member experiments with that!!!

  11. 11

    I'm thinking her comment on how most families and members of families have experienced cutting was a little far-fetched.

  12. 12

    Re: GOSSiP__xo – When you are talking about a behavioral addiction, many times high risk or exhilarating behavior like cutting, speeding in a car, gambling, exercising, roller coasters etc…the chemicals are released from your own body, endorphins, hormones, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, etc…to bring about a feel-good response or an intoxication or a reduction of pain. So it's not TOO uncommon that cutting can sometimes be experimented.

  13. 13

    Re: Terrawr – maybe but its not THAT inaccurate/

  14. 14

    she needs to lay off the over generalization that every family has dealt with cutting, because that is no where near true.

  15. 15

    Not really a Demi Lovato fan but I do really like Skyscraper…
    I find her really hard to sympathize with. She cuts herself/has an eating disorder/does cocaine all because of her childhood? No. I know plenty of people that grew up in really unfortunate circumstances and all they want to do is break the mold and thrive and survive as people. Maybe her childhood wasn't the best, but that's no excuse. The things she did were her own choices, and while I think its really admirable that she's gotten help and is on the road to recovery, she doesn't need to make herself a spokesperson for the fucked up youth of America.

  16. 16

    Re: scotch_pirate – Great comment. Am sure Demi that your going through a struggle but you aint the first bitch and you aint the last bitch thats going through this.Do not give excuses for your drug use or cutting.Allot of us have gone through a hell of allot worse.And guess what? We keep our head up high and hope for the best.

  17. 17

    My guess is she's got borderline personality disorder.

  18. 18

    i Love demi, im so proud of her. shes turned something so dark, into something bearable. she deserves an award or something :p, just for being so strong and getting through this

  19. 19

    Re: poodlewithamohawk – Don't think that all Hispanics are tanned because they are NOT a race, it's an ethnicity. You can be either Black, White or both. Black Hispanics would have white influences in them. Also not all Latin Americans have 'olive', 'Mediterranean' or type IV skin. There are more WHITE Hispanics then Black hispanics. Do you're research, next time.

  20. 20

    will this girl shut up, she is turning this "tragedy" into her only way to make money. she is exploiting people who really have this probelm. the girl did drugs and in a coke rage hit her dancer. disney would never let that out so they explained with all this other crap, like celebrity exhaustion. now she uses this to further her caree which is a spit in the face to everyone who actually has thesse issues and cant use them to live the life of a rich celebrity.

  21. 21

    I'm actually very impressed with how honest and open Demi has been with her issues. I don't understand how some people say she's done this to herself. Mental issues aren't controlled by anyone. But my one problem is that in all her interviews she's plainly said she's dealt with this for years, that it's been the elephant int he room for close friends and family, so WHERE THE HELL WERE HER PARENTS DURING ALL THIS?!? Even if they use her as a cash cow, wouldn't a healthy cash cow that can make money for years and years be better than a sick one spending months in rehab? What the fuck is wrong with parents forgetting their duties and letting kids raise themselves?!? I'm so disgusted with her family

  22. 22

    Oh shut-up up you crazy skank. Your only problem is that you morfed into an ugly fat skank. Now go away

  23. 23

    I hope she keeps cutting.

  24. 24

    aye girl quit milking this already….hos is she gonna keep the attn for her next single, talking abt this still?? ughhh over her…so perez, cmon…bash her like u used to do jessica alba…DEMI IM NOT LATINA LOVATO wld look great all over her pics…Jessica was at least 1/2 white so dont try to justify it…i really try and support her but she gives me gas already and NO she isnt the only Disney star with talent…she may have a stronger voice than Miley & Selena but her songs SUCK compared to theirs

  25. 25

    at that young age- most everyones issues are from their childhood-nothing new there

  26. 26

    Re: ThePerezHater – Fair enough!

  27. 27

    Awww(: Love ya Demi! Stay Stong! I think she is soooo amazing!

  28. 28

    I love Demi but I'm fucking sick of hearing about her sob story. Boo-fucking-hoo. It's called growing up. You get bullied. You get depressed. Millions of people deal with it. Stop acting like she's the only one.

  29. 29

    OK, some of you NEED to go back to elementary school to learn how to read. Demi says "Cutting has become so common with so many girls and in ALMOST every family people have tried it or experimented with it and there is addiction all over the place". ALMOST, people, A-L-M-O-S-T!!!! She's NOT saying it hapens in every family but in ALMOST every family.
    I'm proud of you, Demi! Keep talking about cutting. You can't begin to realize how many people are being blessed because a celebrity has decided to put an end to this ridiculous taboo by speak up bravely. God bless you.

  30. 30

    * sorry, i meant "speaking up bravely"

  31. 31

    Re: litchi – She actually has BIPOLAR disorder which is probably why I think half the comments about her childhood not having anything to do with her life right now pretty fucked up -.-

  32. 32

    I think demi is really brave. & she is doing something good.
    Brave because she has the courage to talk about it to the public & faces of getting judge by many. & I suffer from cutting to so she isnt alone. I just dont have the courage to talk about it to my parents. so DEMI LOVATO.. your amazing & a role model & i wish i could have your courage. :/

  33. 33

    Demi is an inspiration to many, including those who are also suffering from bipolar and other mental illnesses. she shows that it is possible to get better, and be a star whatever your situation.

  34. 34

    Re: futuremrslabeouf
    I read your comment, and often people with mental illnesses get so good at hiding it that their parents friends and other family never notice. this is from self experience as i used to self harm and my parents still do not know