Demi Lovato has developed many tactics to deal with suicidal urges, as she’s been battling her own inner demons for most of her life.
The pop star sat down with Dr. Phil for a candid chat about her mental health on Tuesday, and she revealed how she first felt suicidal as a young child.
Admitting her “fascination with death,” she acknowledged:
“The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven. I had this fascination with death. I have experienced things that I have not talked about, and I don’t know if I ever will talk about. But at seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life, that the pain would end.”
Demi said her suicidal urges “came back when [she] was bullied” during several other periods in her life when she was dealing with crippling mental health issues.
“It came back several times — when I was struggling with depression, my bipolar disorder. And there was a while there when my mom was afraid to wake me up in the mornings because she didn’t know if she opened the door if I would be alive or not. Because every time I cut, it got deeper and deeper.”
Nowadays, thankfully, the Sorry Not Sorry singer has a handle on her mental health and recently celebrated six years of being sober.
However, she also admitted to Dr. Phil that one “everlasting addiction” has proven harder to control than drugs or alcohol:
“I think the everlasting addiction in my life has been food. My eating disorder started when I was very young. That’s something that I deal with on a daily basis. It’s kind of the last thing to go.”
Aside from that, Demi feels on top of the world; which is why she’s using her platform to help others dealing with similar struggles she went through.
As for any words of encouragement the songstress had for people dealing with suicidal thoughts, she said:
“If I could tell anybody that’s thinking about taking their own life, it’s to reach out to people. Don’t hold it inside; don’t isolate. Reach out to people, whether it’s close friends, family. If you feel like you don’t have anybody, look within yourself,and try to find that resilience that will ultimately get you through whatever it is you’re going through. Every single person on this planet is worth life.”
For those who have no one in person to turn to, talking about it online helps, even anonymously (you could even call 1-800-273-8255). There’s a reason you’re here — don’t leave the stage before you find out why!
Watch a clip of Demi’s sit down with Dr. Phil (below) to hear what she had to say.
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