Demi Lovato’s Revealing New Interview About Eating Disorders, Self-Harming & Bipolar

Tue, July 17, 2012 3:43pm EDT by 49 Comments
Demi Lovato Rehab

Demi Lovato is happy, healthy and fit, she tells ‘Self’ in a new interview. We’re so proud of how far she has come!

Demi Lovato has come a long way. After going to rehab for an eating disorder and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, today, the X Factor judge is healthy, strong and learning about herself every day.

Demi has found a great support system in new friends that “have more interests than wanting to go to clubs and get wasted.”

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Working out is also very important to Demi — not to lose weight, but to stay healthy and in shape. “I’ll run a few miles or bike from Santa Monica to Marina del Rey. I also love boxing or, when I’m sore, yoga. Sometimes I’ll do full-out meditations, where I chant with my instructor. It helps me connect to how I’m feeling.”

“I’ve spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder. Unlike a person who doesn’t have these problems, I have to work on this stuff every day. I’m reminded of that whenever I eat or feel down.”

Demi is so strong – every single day she struggles, but is working hard to become more confident. “Mean comments don’t affect me the same way [the used to] because I’m more confident. If I read something where someone calls me a b*tch, I know I’m not, so I laugh at it.”

Demi continues to speak out for young girls who struggle with their image. “I want girls to know that it’s OK when they grow up and their body changes. I want them to be aware that certain things they might do to lose weight can be dangerous — life-threatening, even.”

It definitely takes effort, but Demi is willing to put in the time to help herself and others. “You can choose to work towards happiness or not. I used to expect it to come to me, but it takes more than seeing a therapist once a week. I make time for myself and meditate.”

She’s such an inspiration, right, HollywoodLifers?

–Dory Larrabee

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More on Demi Lovato’s Rehab:

  1. Demi Lovato: I Proved My Haters Right By Going To Rehab
  2. Demi Lovato’s Post-Rehab Weight Gain — Up 30 Lbs. But Who Cares?
  3. Demi Lovato’s Eating Disorder & Cutting — She Had These Issues A Long Time

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mercedez

Posted at 1:29 PM on February 4, 2013  

Demi is so amazing i am currently suffering the same issues that you have overcame and its hard but im doing it I wish i could tell u my story ine day

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keyonna woods

Posted at 9:22 PM on February 1, 2013  

wow demi, you have done alot in your life time you are still AMAZING you gave me strentgh todo wat i actually wanted to do your truely my hero!!!!

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Ify

Posted at 1:25 AM on January 23, 2013  

Demi jst knw dt u re well much loved here by someone n jst kip up d gudwrk

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Girly100

Posted at 7:58 AM on January 21, 2013  

She is so brave and inspiring!

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Natalie

Posted at 8:22 PM on January 17, 2013  

Demi I love you so much. You don’t know how much you’ve done for me . Thank you
~A Lovatic

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Breanna

Posted at 1:41 PM on January 2, 2013  

Demi Lovato is my number one inspiration! I love her SO much and can’t stope hearing and listening about her! She has inspired me to try and end bullying in my town and school. I have helped a few kids already with bullying and now I’m trying to make a documentary on bullying… DEMI IS TRULY AMAZING!!!

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KK

Posted at 4:26 PM on December 26, 2012  

I LOVE Demi I am her HUGEST fan in South Africa….I have all of your cd’s and posters on my wall !!!…..u r such an inspiration to me I look up to u sooooooo much u r my role model !!!!!!!! I just wish I could meet u some day that would make me the happiest person on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!****

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tyania

Posted at 7:17 PM on November 4, 2012  

you are sok pretty dont let them get to u u are amazing and my idol

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tania

Posted at 4:48 PM on November 2, 2012  

Good for you Demi! Don’t let people get to you. You’re very beautiful! Just keep working on yourself its never going to be easy, but take care.

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Megan

Posted at 6:08 AM on November 1, 2012  

Demi is such and amazing girl. She is a true inspiration and a role model to look up to. Demi your amazing <3

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Malin

Posted at 3:46 PM on October 28, 2012  

True inspiration! She’s an amazing singer, talented and beautiful! And it was very brave of her to open up about this,I think it helps many other girls (including myself) around the world!
wish her all luck
xx

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Megan

Posted at 6:11 AM on November 1, 2012  

So true. Well worded somes demi up so well :)

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shortiecake

Posted at 8:10 PM on October 5, 2012  

Thank you for being an inspiration…what you are doing for the world is beautiful.

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Manisa

Posted at 5:25 AM on October 3, 2012  

You’ve gone through so much n are now an inspiration to many of us! Give yourself ol the happiness u can! U r loved!

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jamie oleary

Posted at 8:54 AM on September 27, 2012  

I just won’t to say that demi is so amazing she helped me a lot I cut. Sometimes but now I just put one of her songs and think to myself demi wouldn’t like it if she. Knew and I think she is so brave comeing out and telling people not every one dose that. She is a rolmodle to me not because she had to because sje wonted to be she cape going in because of her little sis and that’s why I am I won’t my sis to no me and my dad who else is gonna tell her how much my dad loved her before he died I just won’t to thank demi she is amazing looking I have a big as she calls it I have a girl crush on her hahah but you helped me carry
On I just need help getting out of this dark place and I don’t no how you are amazing demi love you for life xxxxxxx

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mercedez

Posted at 1:31 PM on February 4, 2013  

I think u r amazing im dealing with the same issues

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Amy

Posted at 9:03 PM on September 24, 2012  

So many girls that want to be as thin as a pole and I praise you for showing that you don’t have to thin to still be beautiful and talented. When I was younger I was thin and it a point in my life I was struggling with my weight and became very depressed and angry at myself for what i became but now I embrace myself for who I am. You are seen as someone that girls relate and look up too. :)

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angela rangel

Posted at 1:20 PM on September 22, 2012  

demi ur mucis iz amazin and u inspire everbody luv u demiiiii

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Juana lopez

Posted at 12:46 AM on September 20, 2012  

Demi u r perfect inside and out I’ve never judged u
Ur a gorgeous, stunning, beautiful, outgoing person ur always open to consideration and when I hear u music I smile not because ur my # 1 artist
but ik that youve grown to be a STRONG, CONFIDENT, BEAUTIFUL woman u never gave up on yourself n u taught me tht I shouldn’t give up on myself… and u inspired me to live out my dream maybe one day ill be on a stage rocking my heart out jst like u do STAYSTRONG DEMI LOVATO Love u with all my heart Juana Lwisa Lopez :* Xoxo

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Brenda

Posted at 12:35 PM on September 2, 2012  

Looooovee u Soooooo much Demi,,, I du understand how it feels to fight a huge battle,,, u really inspired me .AM A GREAT FAn

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Alexis Henson

Posted at 9:22 PM on August 31, 2012  

I love u Demi I I understand what ur going through and think u are so brave I have anger issues and sometimes I get so mad and punch the wall and sometimes i go through alot to i fell that people hate me and i want to die but then i calm down my b’day is coming

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Jade

Posted at 6:02 PM on August 26, 2012  

your existence in this world, is beautiful. you give meaning to the word meaning.
you are a true inspiration.
thank you <3

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Rachel Duke

Posted at 11:04 AM on August 18, 2012  

i love this story!!!! you are a true inspiration!!!!

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Dandy davael

Posted at 3:07 PM on August 16, 2012  

L luv u demi u went thru alot of painful moments ure ma role model.

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Jayme Lake

Posted at 9:48 PM on July 30, 2012  

Demi Lovato, wow. I’m just really proud of you. I’m a huge fan of yours, I’m 13 I’m young but I understand what you were going through. I don’t exactly know how it feels, but I understand. You went to get help because you needed it, not for attention. I love you, & you’re a really good singer.

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casey martinez

Posted at 1:24 AM on July 30, 2012  

why did demi go to rehab

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STAY STRONG BEXY

Posted at 3:22 PM on October 1, 2012  

eating disorder

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StayStrong

Posted at 5:10 PM on July 17, 2012  

iLOVEYOU DEMI. LIKE A GREAT INSPIRATION

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nani

Posted at 2:38 PM on July 21, 2012  

demi u r a great person. and u have become a great artist ur music inspires.. keep doing what u are doing. never look back. one heart one love … blessings to u and urs

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rosa

Posted at 9:35 AM on October 20, 2012  

demi i am pproud of you the bullies are sooo jell of u now demi because your sooo famous we are all with you lots of love your biggest an rosa xxx

 
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Zac Cote

Posted at 5:09 AM on November 22, 2012  

Demi you are truely amazing, I love you i wish I could meet you I am literally your biggest fan, I have all your albums, songs, on my iPod, every single poster of you, you are a great role model, i love you, you are amazing, ♥

 
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