How Demi Lovato Overcame Her Vice

“Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it's something that it doesn't get a day off.” - Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato; the girl you saw on Barney, the one who was always on Disney, the brilliant singer you look up to and a kickass feminist. You may think that she had a happy go lucky life; being a star since she was a kid and growing up to be an even bigger star. It wasn’t. Just like any other person, Demi battled every day mostly with herself. She pushed through all the negativity and confusion and became that kickass, strong and confident (Lovatics where you at) woman she is today.

Ever since Demi was 8, she was a victim of bullying. Her friends were never nice to her and she got called fat. This got to her and she suffered from bulimia and depression. This was so severe to the point where she starved herself until she was only 88 pounds. When she was 11, Demi could not take it anymore; she was influenced by her friends and resorted to self harm in the from of cutting. As she said, she needed something immediate that would match her inside to her outside.

Her habit of starving herself and her bulimia continued for a very long time. She used to perform at concerts on empty stomachs and she was losing her voice from throwing up too much. At this point, emotional problems came up. In one of her Camp Rock concerts, she hit one of her backup dancers. Realising her actions, she took the whole blame for that and felt terrible.

At this point, her family decided it was best to seek for treatment. Demi left her tour and checked in to a treatment centre in Illinois. During her treatment, she came to know that she was bipolar. Other than her bipolar disorder, she was treated for her bulimia and cutting issues. In her treatment, she used a picture of her little sister for motivation. She wanted to be her little sister’s role model by getting better.

After her 3 month treatment, Demi became more open about everything. She explained to everyone about what she was going through; from her troubles when she was a kid to the troubles she is facing now. In one of her interviews, she said, “Looking back it makes sense. There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I'd be up until 5:30 in the morning.” She mentioned how she is in control with her entire life now.

Today, Demi is an inspiration to girls everywhere. Her album entitled, ‘Demi,’ really shows her journey - about how she is a warrior. In fact, the song, ‘Heart Attack,’ is based on her journey through her treatment. Her newest album, ‘Confident’ is the epitome of Woman Empowerment and Girl Power. The scars she had made while cutting herself, are now covered with a tattoo saying, ‘ Stay Strong’. She is proud of her body and doesn’t care what others think. She has even made a book called Staying Strong with a quote, explanation and goal for each day of the year, motivating her ‘lovatics’. From The X Factor to Glee, she’s done it all. Demi has accomplished a lot ever since her treatment, and will accomplish so much more.

Demi, we are truly inspired by every step you make.




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