Last summer, child actor-turned-pop-star Demi Lovato took some a lot of heat for confessing the suicidal feelings she’s held since she was seven years old. At the time, she was unwilling to dish about the circumstances behind her “nervous breakdown” and subsequent rehab stint for bulimia, self-injury, and self-medication with drugs and alcohol.
She recently opened up about growing up famous, and her motivation to live the party girl lifestyle. She told Nylon magazine in their December/January issue that as the family breadwinner, she grew up too fast and had no reason to follow her parents’ wishes.
"My parents tried to control me, but I'd be like, 'Oh really, I'm grounded? Well, I pay the bills,'" she said. "They did the best they could. And I think that's why a lot of young stars struggle when they're making money or providing for their family. My mentality was 'Work hard, play hard.' It was hard to listen to the word 'no.'"
"I wanted to make my own rules. I thought that if I was adult enough to get there, then I could party like an adult. And obviously, I couldn't."
You know, it totally makes sense. I’ve never thought specifically about the mentality of child stars that end up being their parents’ bread and butter, but given the inherent egocentricity of children -- why should they listen to their parents?
Whatever the reason that led to Lovato’s breakdown, I’m glad she’s doing well now, and not afraid to speak out about her experiences.
Do you think it's a good idea for Demi Lovato to be open about her past troubles, or should she sweep them under the rug?
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