Since her new album’s (Unbroken) release last week, Demi Lovato has been on a whirlwind of interviews, opening up about her history with eating disorders and cutting behavior. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, the 19-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress spoke about her treatment team, which she described as “very strong.” “I check in with many, many people every single day,” she said. “It’s actually kind of overwhelming sometimes to have that many people just focused on you and your problems.” Lovato was admitted into rehab last fall for her physical and emotional issues and was later released this past April.
Since her release from rehab, the former Disney star has come back full force with her first single, the emotionally charged ballad “Skyscraper.” which nabbed the number one spot on iTunes after its release earlier this summer.
Opening up about her troubles has been good for Lovato. “To me, it’s more rewarding for me to speak about these issues and know that I’m possibly making a difference in someone’s life,” she said. “I feel like I’m held more accountable to stay healthy now because now I’m a role model to young girls to not have eating issues and to not say, ‘Hey, it’s okay to starve yourself’ or ‘It’s okay to throw up after your meals.’ That’s not okay.”
Last week on Ellen, Lovato admitted to also trying to “self-medicate” through drugs and alcohol when she was younger. The star suffered from bullying at school. “So many things were said to me that just haunted me every day and I went from having all these friends to none,” Lovato told DeGeneres.