Only a few months ago, Demi Lovato celebrated four years of sobriety.
What a milestone!
But in the July issue of American Way, the magazine for American Airlines, the songstress surprisingly opened up and revisited her battle with drug abuse and bulimia.
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Demi recounted self-medicating with alcohol, cocaine, and OxyCotin, revealing:
"I lived fast and I was going to die young. I didn't think I would make it to 21."
It was in 2010 the then 18-year-old famously entered rehab after punching a backup dancer while on tour with The Jonas Brothers.
Diagnosed with bulimia and bipolar disorder, the Cool For The Summer singer remembered:
"So now I'm in rehab. And I thought, 'Oh great, now the world thinks I'm just another stereotype.'"
While her symptoms were under control, her struggle with addiction never left. She continued:
"I thought, 'I'm not in treatment for a drug and alcohol problem. But once I started eating again, the other issues got worse. It was like whack-a-mole."
In case you don't remember, Demi entered a sober house in 2013, where she ended up living for nearly a year. Sadly for her, a struggle with bulimia started early.
Speaking on her mom's issues with eating disorders while she was growing up, the pop star shared just how much it affected her:
"Even though I was 2 or 3 years old. Being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder…it's hard not to grow up like that… Hopefully my kids won't have it, but it's kind of like addiction. It's hereditary."
Not only that, but little DemDem started competing in beauty pageants at a young age and by 9 she was binge eating — by 12 she was binging and purging.
Now, the 23-year-old is an inspiration to so many fans. She revealed:
"When I have meet-and-greets, I can't tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts. They'll tell me, ‘You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,' or ‘I got sober.' Hearing those things gave my life new meaning."
And while she says she never meant to become an "inspiration," she candidly confessed:
"At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility. But now, it's really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable."
Good for her!
Demi has been so strong battling her addictions, and her opening up about it truly helps so many people.
[Image via Mike Rosenthal/American Way Magazine.]
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