It's no secret that Demi Lovato has been dealing with some major personal problems. You may remember she checked into a treatment facility for "emotional and physical issues" in 2010.
Most shocking, of course, are all those reports that the Disney star's downward spiral included cutting herself. Now as she preps for her new gig as an X Factor judge, the 19-year-old is opening up for the first time about what she was going through.
Demi tells the August issue of Self magazine:
There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin -- that if I didn't do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode. I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn't care what happened. I had no fear.
It's hard for many people to sympathize with stars. There is this idea that with all that money and fame, there is no way they have it as bad as the rest of us. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Demi is a teenage girl, and like millions of other young women, she felt pressure and anxiety that she didn't know how to cope with. I would argue that it can be even tougher for someone in the spotlight, always being ripped apart and scrutinized because of your weight and the way you dress.
I've spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder. I have to work on this stuff every day. I'm reminded of that whenever I eat or feel down.
To avoid lapsing back into those destructive habits, "I make time for myself and mediate," she says. Another surprising change? "I haven't used my cell in three months!" says Demi. "Subconsciously, it was a crutch. When a room gets quiet, what do you do? Grab your phone! Now I can sit and have conversations with people."
That's something most of us can't imagine doing. But Demi is doing what it takes to stay emotionally and physically well. She really should be applauded for being a good example for our girls. She realized she had a problem, admitted she needed help, went to treatment, and now constantly works toward improving herself and her life every day. Not an easy feat, but certainly not an impossible one. Too often young stars are put on a pedestal for what they wear or who they date. Demi is another type of role model -- and a much more important one at that.
Do you think Demi Lovato is a good role model for teen girls?
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