Demi Lovato Discusses Time In Treatment [VIDEO]
Demi Lovato joined “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Tuesday to discuss her journey over the past year beginning with spending three months in treatment over the holiday season for an eating disorder, and how she is overcoming her struggles with the ongoing support of her close family and her fans. Most importantly Demi spoke out about helping others, including her fans who may be struggling with the same personal issues.
Demi has chronicled her journey through her recent single “Skyscraper” saying, “When I first heard the song it was over a year ago, and it was before anything had happened, and I just instantly gravitated towards it. So I went into the studio and recorded it, and I just sat there and cried my eyes out. I was almost doubled over with emotion. We finished the song, and then I went through everything, and tried to re-record it, but it didn’t have the same emotion. It didn’t have that same cry for help when I first recorded it.” Listen to Demi’s newest single, “Skyscraper”
Demi spoke of her family saying “they’ve known that I’ve had issues with food and eating for about six years now. Every now and then they would ask are you okay, are you eating? I was able to check in with them, but it got to a point when I was just lying to everyone. My managers, the people I was working with. I was lying about eating, and just being happy.” She continued, “It was the elephant in the room. Everyone knew about it, but didn’t know how to approach it. It was affecting every area of my life. I was being cranky, I was irritable, not pleasant really to work with. I became a little brat on set, and I just had so much growing up to do. Ultimately, I was never intentionally attempting to be that way, but I had so much going on in my head.”
When asked what was the toughest time during her stay for treatment Demi promptly replies, “Spending Christmas in treatment. It was really, really difficult. I spent every holiday from Halloween to almost Valentines day, and I remember sitting there thinking, “I had so much six months ago, and here I am in a treatment center. What has my life become? How did I let it get to this point?”
She continues, “My whole song is about rising above those issues, and hopefully my fans realize its going to be okay. No matter how hard your rock bottom is you CAN rise above it and you CAN come back. I even got a tattoo [on my wrists], its very symbolic for me to cover [my scars] up and replace it with something else that is permanent so that I will never be able to forget the support I had when I went in [to rehab].”
Demi says, “My whole point in being so honest about my journey and my recovery is to be able to help people! I know alot of artists or celebrities will never come out and air to the world all their dirty laundry. With my problems I was able to see that if I’m able to share my story maybe it’ll help that one girl that would be killing herself from the disease. I want them to know that you just need to tell someone, and its going to be okay, and you can make it through, because I’m living proof. However Demi affirms she, “never became suicidal. I was in some really, really dark times though.”
When asked regarding relationship at the time with Joe Jonas Demi confides, “Joe, was my best friend for years prior to that so he knew. Obviously, I’m not super close with him anymore just because alot has happened, but I was very thankful to have the support of many friends even up to this day.”
Demi’s step-father, Eddie De La Garza, recalls the beginning of Demi’s struggle saying,” I remember seeing things that would scare any father. You don’t want to believe it but you have to. Its tough for any parent to go through.” However they remain positive saying, “Its been a journey. I’m very proud of the journey she has taken, and that she did seek help. She went [to rehab] willingly on her own, and the she did what she needed to, and she’s doing good.”
Listen to the full interview to hear about Demi’s relationship with her mother, her parents inital reaction to Demi’s music video for “Skyscraper,” and she discusses the rumored duet with Kelly Clarkson. Demi also discusses her future projects.