Songstress Demi Lovato has revealed that she worried her “fast” lifestyle would put her into an early grave admitting ‘I didn’t think I’d make it to my 21st birthday’.
Lovato has been performing for since she was 7 years old, then just an eager girl in glasses on the kids’ show Barney & Friends. She spent her teen years hawking her lacquered Disney charm on screen and concert stages, while behind the scenes, she was living out the dark, child-star narrative of drug addiction and horrific self-abuse. Rock bottom came in 2010, when, at age 18, she punched out a backup dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers. She then went to rehab for her eating disorder and cutting and cocaine addictions
The ‘This Is Me’ beauty explained that prior to getting sober and undergoing treatment, she thought she would die before her 21st birthday: “I lived fast and I was going to die young. I didn’t think I would make it to 21.” she told American Way magazine
“I didn’t go into treatment thinking, ‘OK, now I’m going to be an inspiration.’ At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility, but now, it’s really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable.”
She added: “When I have meet-and-greets, I can’t tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts. They’ll tell me, ‘You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,’ or ‘I got sober.’ Hearing those things gave my life new meaning.”
Lovato knows all of this hard work doesn’t guarantee people will ever see her as more than a former child star. And that’s okay with her. Because she sees herself as more than that. “I’m still underestimated,” she says. “I still have more things to prove — not just about the things I can do with my voice. Some people think that because I’m young, I can’t stay sober. But these are things I want to prove to myself.”
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