‘I became a little brat’: Demi Lovato opens up to Ryan Seacrest about Joe Jonas, self harming and her troubled past
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 10:30 PM on 12th July 2011
She has suffered through a troubled year after being very publicly admitted to rehab for ’emotional and physical issues.’
And now Demi Lovato, star of Disney Channel’s TV show Sonny With A Chance, has revealed the extent of the problems which led to her seeking treatment last November.
‘I became like a little brat on set,’ she told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show this morning.
‘I just had so much growing up to do, not that I ever intended to be that way. I just had so much going on in my head. It all just boiled up and I ended up doing things that I regret to this day.
The 18-year-old singer and actress ended up seeking help after allegedly punching a back up dancer during the South American leg of the Jonas Brothers tour.
‘It was the elephant in the room,’ she told Seacrest of her eating and cutting disorders.
‘Everyone knew about it. It was affecting every aspect of my life. I was cranky, I was irritable, I was not pleasant really to work with.’
Demi, who is currently promoting her new single Skyscraper, entered a treatment centre last November in Illinois.
‘My family’s known that I’ve had issues with food and eating for about six years now,’ she said.
‘I was able to check in with them but it got to a point where I just was lying, to everyone about eating and about being happy.
There’s a lot of pressure these days. I feel like I live in a city where no woman eats.’
The star, who also starred alongside The Jonas Brothers in two Camp Rock films, told Seacrest she was ‘never suicidal’ during rehab, but added: ‘I was in some really really dark times.’
However, since leaving treatment in February, the songstress has stayed positive, getting the words ‘stay strong’ tattooed on her wrist, which has covered some of her self harming scars.
‘It was very symbolic for me to be able to cover that up,’ Demi said. ‘And also replace it with something else that’s permanent that I’ll never be able to forget.’
The star recorded Skyscraper prior to her stint in rehab, and describes it as a very personal song.
‘I just sat there and I just cried my eyes out, I was almost doubled over with emotion, was crazy,’ she said of the recording experience.
‘My whole point in being honest about my journey is to help others. With my problems, I was able to see that if I’m able to share it with people, maybe it would help that one girl.’
In fact Seacrest seemed so inspired by her story that he later tweeted after the interview: ‘This is one brave girl. Hoping her story will bring strength to kids everywhere.’
Seacrest also asked Demi if her former boyfriend Joe Jonas knew about her problems while they filmed Camp Rock.
‘He was my best friend for years prior to that so he knew – when we shot the first movie together,’ she said – although admitted they are no longer close.
‘Obviously I’m not super close with him any more just because a lot has happened, but I was very thankful to have the support of a lot of friends,’ she said.
And Demi, revealed she has no time for men at the moment.
‘I’m so busy trying to figure my own self out. There’s no crush, there’s nobody,’ she said. ‘I have a pact with my friends right now, literally no boys, But whatever happens happens.’
REMEMBER: If you’re ever feeling emotional distress or know someone who is, make the call that can change your life (or their life) to the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433.