Demi Lovato Talks Addiction: I Would "Smuggle" Cocaine Onto Airplanes

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Lovato revealed that her eating disorder began long before her teen years. 


“It was always there, but then I just acted on it at around 8 or 9 years old,” she said. “I started overeating, compulsively overeating. I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan. I went from doing that to being unhappy with my body. I went to just completely starving myself and that turned into throwing up and starving myself, and it was just this crazy battle going on inside of me.”


She continued, “It got really difficult [and] I would throw up and it would just be blood. It was something that I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die.”


Eventually, in 2010, Lovato sought help and entered an inpatient rehab center. 


Following her stay at the facility, Lovato says she left with a greater understanding of the challenges her family was facing.


Her mom revealed, “I had issues I needed to work on as well, because I wasn’t setting a good example for her. I had a terrible eating disorder that I had for many, many years, and I didn’t realize it and I had to face up to the fact that I was suffering as well. And a lot of what [Demi] went through with an eating disorder had to do with what she had seen growing up. And, I also had severe depression, and I ended up asking for help. Actually they did an intervention with me and said, ‘Mom, you need to get help.’”


Thankfully, both Lovato and her mother sought help, and the family is closer and stronger than ever.


DeLaGarza said, “The issue I had was definitely a mental health issue, and I also had to get help from my struggles as well as she did and then once I did, we became closer as mother and daughter, [and] we also became well as a family.”

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