Disney star Demi Lovato openly talked about her eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), depression and being bullied in school, which led to all of her problems, with Robin Roberts for an exclusive 20/20 interview, which will air Friday (April 22)- watch sneak peek video below.
The 18 year-old started being bullied in school, because some mean kids thought she was fat. Demi developed an eating disorder at the tender age of 8 and started cutting herself at 11.
Demi said, “I literally didn’t know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, ‘Well, you’re fat.’ I developed an eating disorder, and that’s kind of what I’ve been dealing with ever since.”
“I was compulsively overeating when I was eight years old,” she said. “So, I guess, for the past 10 years I’ve had a really unhealthy relationship with food.”
“It was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body,” she told Roberts. “I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself.”
“I was performing concerts on an empty stomach,” she said. “I was losing my voice from purging. I was self-medicating. I was not taking medication for depression, and I literally was so emotionally whacked out that I took it out on someone that meant a lot to me.”
This is serious kids. Demi’s life was dramatically changed by those mean comments. The actress/singer also admitted she attacked her dancer, Alex Welsh, who was also her friend before the incident.
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