Demi Lovato seriously deserves a round of applause. Or a standing ovation.
She’s only 27-years-old, but she has really been through a lot, and she’s as honest as ever about it.
Back in August of 2018, Demi overdosed on drugs in her Hollywood home.
That wasn’t the first time she abused substances though; she admitted to struggling with addiction in past years.
Demi has also battled eating disorders, and she recently opened up about how they “led to” her overdosing in her home.
Demi went on Ashley Graham’s podcast called Pretty Big Deal to share all about what’s been going on with her and how she was “running myself into the ground with workouts and extreme dieting.”
YouTube; Demi is pictured above talking to Ashley in her podcast
“When you don’t have people that know the signs around you, like what I think I really needed was someone to come in and saying like, ‘Hey, I think you need to look into how much you’re working out,’ like, maybe three times a day is excessive for working out,” Demi shared on the podcast.
“Like, there were days when I lived at the gym, and I would take business meetings at the gym on my breaks from my workouts.”
“And I’d be gross, but at least I didn’t have to leave and shower and I could go right back into my workout.”
“I’d eat a meal, go workout, eat a meal, go workout. And it’s like, that’s just not happiness to me, that’s not freedom.”
Demi then went on the share that she was being told to look a certain way and that ultimately spurred on her overdose.
“When you have certain people around you that are telling you certain things, that you should look a certain way, it makes it harder.”
“So I was in that situation, and I was just running myself into the ground, and I honestly think that’s kind of what led to everything happening over the past year.”
“It was just me thinking I found recovery when I didn’t and then living this kind of lie, and trying to tell the world that I was happy with myself when I really wasn’t.”
Demi also mentioned that she is working hard towards not caring so much about how she looks.
“I made a choice going into this next album, okay when I present this, I’m not going to worry about what I look like.”
“I’m not going to worry about trying to look a certain way or fit a certain mold or whatever, that’s just not who I am.”
“Someone needs to stand up for people who don’t naturally look that way.”
“Like I had to work my ass off every day at the gym six days a week to maintain that figure, and it’s just like, that led me only one way, and I don’t want to go down that path again.”
“So I’m not willing to like, destroy my mental health to look a certain way anymore.”
It’s not easy to be so open about such difficult subjects, and it has to be even harder when you are so much in the public eye like Demi is.
You go, Demi!
You can watch the whole podcast, below.
If you are struggling with an eating disorder or know someone who is, please reach out to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): 1-800-931-2237.
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