Demi Lovato Opens Up to '20/20'

Demi Lovato Opens Up to '20/20'

Demi Lovato arrives at LAX Airport to catch a flight out of town on Saturday (April 23) in Los Angeles.

The day before, the 18-year-old entertainer’s, wearing reef‘s “Miss Braidy” sandals, candid interview about her personal struggles aired on ABC’s 20/20.

Here’s what Demi had to share:

On cutting: “It was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body. 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.”

On developing an eating disorder: “I was compulsively overeating when I was 8 years old … So, I guess, for the past 10 years I’ve had a really unhealthy relationship with food.”

On her turning point: “I was performing concerts on an empty stomach. I was losing my voice from purging and I literally was so emotionally whacked out that I took it out on someone that meant a lot to me. I take 100 percent full responsibility. The second I kind of came out of my mania and realized what I had done I felt sick. [My family and management team] sat me down and said, ‘You can’t live like this. You need to get help.’ And that’s exactly what I did.”


Demi Lovato – 20/20 Interview

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  • xhelen12x

    She is such an inspiration! And she is a clear example that she is only human. She is not perfect and thats what i love about Demi :) Her music is amazing and tells true feeling! #StayStrong has become my new motto because of Demi :D <3

  • holly

    was never really a big fan of hers. but after watching that interview, i’ve gained a whole new respect for her.

  • Jocasta

    all she has been so difficult and complicated, there are people who are bad bullying is very bad as someone is happy to hurt someone else, self mutilation is so painful, but I’m very proud of Demi be strong to overcome everything, WE LOVE YOU!

  • Jocasta

    all she has been so difficult and complicated, there are people who are bad bullying is very bad as someone is happy to hurt someone else, self mutilation is so painful, but I’m very proud of Demi be strong to overcome everything, WE LOVE YOU!!

  • Angelina

    all this is really hard, she is a very strong girl and now all these issues will be addressed openly and with respect and lots of people will be helped, I’m proud of Demi!

  • Emma

    revelations are surprising and difficult to make but it will look good now and will be of great help to people, she is the best, i love you!

  • Emma

    revelations are surprising and difficult to make but it will look good now and will be of great help to people, she is the best, i love you

  • Taylor

    she is so mature for someone of 18 years, all she has been very complicated and yet she was strong to overcome, proud of Demi!

  • liliian

    i’m not a fan but now she has my respect. She didn’t go an hide in shame.

  • kim

    is so sad to know that my girl went through all this but she will be rewarded because thanks to the she many people will be helped!

  • Marie

    this is so complicated, I am very proud of Demi she is BEAUTIFUL

  • Danielle

    She is very strong and have to be to overcome it all, i love you!

  • Alice

    I love Demi, and I am proud and happy because she is happy now the people will enteider better now, we very proud Demi, i love you!

  • Sophie

    She went through so much, should not be so! I’m very proud because she is so strong, i love you!

  • http://bridgit-mendler.org Bridgit Mendler Online

    thath was a really painful interview to watch. Glad Demi is doing better

  • Cindy

    I was never a huge fan of her, but I always respected her, and now more than ever. The things she has to go through are so hard. And this all started from bullying. I think even though she has been has had a lot of scandalous situations (mainly the punch), she is truly a fantastic role model.

  • jj17

    @Bridgit Mendler Online: Yeah I know right! XOXO Demi!

  • shanghia

    Sadly the bullying continues on so many levels through gossip sites, twitter, emails etc. Some people dont realise how much damage they do and worse they don’t even care. Its one thing to have an opinion on someones hair or dress but many comments go far beyond that!!

  • anonymous

    She is so inspiring…

  • chriss

    wow. just goes to show you don’t know about what goes on in celebrities lives no matter how good it seems on the outside. I love her and hope she stays strong! Really glad that she’s healthy now :)

  • lashanda

    demi had awesome courage to speak bout her problems and take full responsiblity. I’m a cutter in recovery and seeing that she can do it shows me that I can do it to, that I can stay strong.

  • Tessa

    Demi is amazing!
    She’s such an inspiration and I admire her for being so open about these issues!!
    Love herrrr :)

  • mariana

    stay strong, demi. stay with people that you love, and also know that you have some really good fans who can understand you. we stay strong, and you too.

  • Crystal

    after everything she has been through,hell on earth,almost.. she came out on top.. she is the perfect role model for girls with issues like hers.. never give up and always have hope.

  • SoFun471

    Im not a Demi fan but I am very happy for her & how brave she has been this whole time. I would also like to point out that some “Demi Fans” that were crapping on the girl Demi punched, are probably eating their words now. I honestly think its important to have friends who look out for you no matter if their choices might not be popular with the friend they are looking out for. All in all, Demi is an extremely talented singer and I wish her the best of luck during her recovery and in her career :D

  • Jocasta

    one week was too hectic for her, Demi revealed its secrets to the world and more sustained ocutos and showed how she is mature and has much character, she has all the power and I think she has surpassed the moments most difficult and is happy and it makes me happy! Demi thanks to the subjects eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and bipolar disorder will be discussed openly and people will know they can ask for help to escape this
    we’re proud of you! we love you!

  • Victoria

    She is really strong and brave, everyone is very proud of Demi, now people will have awareness of eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and bipolar disorder and people will be helped! i love you!

  • Kristen

    this is so surprising is so difficult to get through it all, Demi is really strong and I’m proud her, now all persons will have the awareness to eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and bipolar disorder!

  • http://twitter.com/emzagada Ella

    Dems, thank you for sharing your story with us. You’re really an inspiration. God bless you. (:

  • Jocasta

    She went through many things and hard things, and yet she has the nobility to share it with people and to help prevent suffering as she suffered, I am very proud her, she is my girl BEAUTIFUL!
    the interview was very touching,I am very happy everything because she’s happy!

  • any

    I love this girl so much!! stay strong <3

  • Ellen

    proud and very grateful to Demi, i love you!

  • Isabella

    All this is too complicated, surpassed only because Demi is very strong but now people are going to have awareness of all these subjects eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and bipolar disorder and thus might be receiving help, thank you Demi!

  • Fernanda

    all she has been very complicated and yet she was strong and exceeded, everyone should have the strength she has, you are the best example I’m proud of you! love you!

  • Paris

    was a very difficult time, but now she is well and happy, Demi deserves to be happy!
    all she has going to help the people she is a great example! i love you!

  • Helena

    I see the interview and I cried a lot because Demi is very important to me and I’m very proud of her, and Let’s bring awareness to eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and bipolar disorder, she is the best!

  • Eva

    That’s my Demi, she is strong and brave the most beautiful girl in the world!

  • Katie

    I am very proud because she is strong and is so new, one day I want to be as strong as she and overcome my problems!

  • Dominick

    it was very hard for her and yet she is strong to overcome everything, I am very proud her and and her example will help me a lot. i love you!

  • http://twitter.com/selmanmumdzhu SeL

    I LOVE her so much! <3

  • Rebeca

    very proud of Demi your example will help a lot of girls like me are helping, love you!!!!!!!

  • Olivia

    very beautiful!
    she has gone through difficult things and overcame, she is an example to be followed, love you!

  • Megan

    she is incredibly everything she said is so surprising, Demi is strong!
    I know it will help many girls with the same problems
    is already helping me!

  • Nicole

    she is the beautiful girl in the world, she’s my inspiration! love you!

  • V

    I’m so proud of Demi. I hope that this interview opens the eyes of people everywhere who are dealing with any problems. The main goal of all this is to “Stay Strong.” Demi, you are an inspiration to people anywhere and everywhere. I’ll support you forever and always.

  • Louise

    everything was so sad and surprising, yet she was strong to overcome everything and now we can talk about awareness to eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and bipolar disorder and people will receive help, we love you!

  • Emma

    she is very beautiful, she was so brave I’m so proud of her!

  • Jennifer

    very emotional interview, Demi is really special went through difficult things happen and even helped me, I’m proud of you, thank you Demi!

  • Jennifer

    very emotional interview, Demi is really special went through difficult things happen and even helped me, I’m proud of you, thank you Demi!!

  • Penélope

    is too complicated to go through all this primarily for Demi because she has the whole world watching, Demi is very strong and I’m proud of Demi, i love you!