Being bullied as a child led to Demi Lovato now 18, suffering from anorexia, bulimia and self harming, the star has revealed in an interview with Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America. In a revealing interview Demi has admitted that her struggle with her body image has led to her ending her career with Disney and concentrating on her music.
The 18 year old has just finished three months of treatment to deal with her eating disorder and self harming. Her problems came to a head after the star punched a dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers. Lovato told the American TV host that her problems were partially caused by being bullied as a child, for being fat. At the age of 12, the singer/actress stopped eating and lost 30 lbs, which resulted in her weighing just 95 lbs at 5 ft 3 in tall.
Although a life coach was consulted, Demi was far from okay and only ate one meal a day. By the age of 15 she was surviving on two meals a week. Although she was hardly eating, the star didn’t lose weight as her body adjusted to the amount. It was at this time that she started to take laxatives and starve herself, although that also failed to work.
Lovato started filming Camp Rock, the hit Disney movie, while beginning to suffer from bulimia. At the height of her illness, Demi was making herself vomit up to five times a day. This had a detrimental effect on her voice, which was becoming hoarse from the strain of vomiting constantly. At this time she began to self harm, as cutting herself relieved the pressure when she was feeling stressed and anxious.
Being in rehabilitation for three months revealed that Demi is suffering from bipolar disorder, which the star says makes sense. She said:
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.
Although body image is still a concern for Demi, she is taking her recovery slowly, and concentrating on her music career. She said:
I don’t know if I could handle being in front of the camera with my body right now.