Singer-actress Demi Lovato has always been candid about her struggle with an eating disorders and mental health. The Disney star doesn’t shy away from sharing her experiences because she believes that talking about the same will normalize it eventually.
In a recent interview with Bustle, Demi spilled the beans on how it was growing up as Disney star, and also how her old management team normalized her eating disorder.
Speaking of the same, Lovato said, “I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalised’.” Revealing more details Demi said that used to be given a watermelon with fat-free whipped cream instead of a birthday cake each year.
Demi further added that she always had people watching her the night before a photo shoot to make sure that she didn’t binge or eat and be swollen the next day.
Post her first stay in rehab in 2010, Lovato decided not to return to Disney Channel because she was scared that she would be silenced from sharing the challenges she had faced. Demi said, “I came out of the experience with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people, or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel. And I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”
In a previous interaction, Lovato had revealed about she ended toxic relationships post her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018 which resulted in a return to rehab. Post her recovery, Demi decided to focus on her music journey and decided not to change herself for anyone.
Demi then mentioned that music always brought joy to her when she was younger and she lost it throughout the hustle and the bustle of the music industry.
Lovato concluded by saying, “Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I’m only going to cry if people pay me to. I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I’ve had or the adversities or traumas that I’ve faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened.”
Demi Lovato’s journey has been nothing less than an inspiration to the ones going through a somewhat similar situation.