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Demi Lovato On ‘Katie’ — Rehab Was Like Prison For Me

Fri, September 21, 2012 4:40pm EDT by Chloe Melas 6 Comments
Courtesy of Katie Couric

Demi stopped by Katie Couric’s new daytime talk show in NYC and she revealed that while in rehab for her eating disorder, people would watch her to make sure she ate everything on her plate!

Demi Lovato has no problem sharing her emotional story with her loyal fans. The X Factor judge tells Katie Couric in an episode set to air on Sept.24 that she wasn’t even allowed to go to the bathroom by herself in rehab!

“Treatment was so difficult at first. I remember walking around saying ‘I’m in prison!'” she said. “They needed to have those strict rules in order for me to understand how sick I was. I wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom by myself. We had specific phone times. There are tons of things you weren’t allowed to have, you weren’t allowed to have certain hair products or whatever, that you could injure yourself with or possibly drink, and you were just stripped of a lot of things.”

She even went on to say that there would be people watching her as she ate!

“I also had somebody watching over me every single time I ate. And if I didn’t finish what was on my plate — and often times I would cry because I physically couldn’t stomach it — and if that happened, I would have to have little consequences, nothing horrible, just not being able to go to the cafeteria to eat.”

–Chloe Melas

More Demi Lovato Rehab News:

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  2. Demi Lovato After Rehab: She’s Much More Pleasant To Work With
  3. Demi Lovato’s Eating Disorder & Cutting Issues: She’s Had Problems For A Long Time