It is the birthday of our hot and cute singer, Demi Lovato. The American singer, songwriter and actress who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends is celebrating her 23rd birthday today.
Demi Lovato is one inspiration for all the aspiring singers and teenagers. The girl gone wild has been maintaining a sober lifestyle free from drugs, alcohol and other disorders.
It is no secret that Demi's life is an open book, and the actress has opened up about her personal struggles with drugs, alcohol and many such serious problems.
The star had been to rehab facilities on several occasions, in a bid to beat her addictions to drugs, alcohol and also a range of eating disorders. However, her personal struggle was also with mental illness and bipolar disorder, impatience and anger which caused many problems for her.
Demi was pulled out of the Jonas Brothers' tour on October 30, 2010 to enter a treatment facility and deal with 'physical and emotional issues' after reportedly punching a back-up dancer for which she even took the full responsibility.
She was discharged from the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Illinois on January 28, 2011, later admitting that she had been suffering from bulimia and self-injury and that she had been self-medicating with drugs and alcohol to overcome pain.
The pop singer is a living proof that someone can live with many disorders bipolar syndrome if they are given proper education, get good support and treated well.
As it is the birthday of Demi Lovato, here are some shocking revelations from the struggled past of the singer.
Bullying & Eating Disorders
"I literally didn't know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, 'Well, you're fat," she told ABC News' Robin Roberts.
"I almost stopped eating altogether at the age of 12, after being harassed by kids at school, for being 'fat'. Eating disorders often stem from feelings of low self esteem, depression, anxiety, or in my case, being teased and ridiculed for my weight. I also believe that a big contributing factor to these feelings is the pressure that's out there to meet impossible standards." she wrote as a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine.
Depression & Bulemia
"I developed an eating disorder, and that's kind of what I've been dealing with ever since," Lovato revealed to ABC News' Robin Roberts. Lovato restricted her eating and discussed how harful the effects were. "I was compulsively overeating when I was eight years old," she said. "So, I guess, for the past 10 years I've had a really unhealthy relationship with food. I was performing concerts on an empty stomach. I was losing my voice from purging. I was self-medicating. I was not taking medication for depression, and I literally was so emotionally whacked out that I took it out on someone that meant a lot to me."
In an interview with Access Hollywood, the singer revealed, "Something I've never talked about before, but with my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn't go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it. That's how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me]."
The singer admitted to Cosmopolitan that she had dark thoughts at a very young age. "Even before Barney, I was suicidal," Demi explained. "I was seven. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way ... I've talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I've never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out."
Addiction to painkillers
She admitted to The Daily Mail that her addiction to painkillers came after they were prescribed to her post a car crash. "I liked the feeling they gave me - they sort of numbed everything - and I also liked the sneakiness of taking extra pills out of my mum's bag without her knowing. Everything skyrocketed, which was awesome, but the negative side was that I thought, ‘Right, I am working like an adult so I should be able to party like an adult,'" she told. Her mother banned her from meeting her sister, Madison which helped her overcome the addiction. "My life was a shambles and, although I had a lot of success, I was also very alone and miserable. I love Madison and one of the main reasons I wanted to get better was because I didn't want to be apart from her."
Punching Backup Dancer
It was reported that she entered a treatment after punching female backup dancer Alex Welch during the South American leg of their international tour. She took "100 percent, full responsibility" for the incident. "I take 100 percent, full responsibility." Lovato told Roberts. "I feel horrible. [She] was my friend." "They sat me down and said, 'You can't live like this,'" Lovato said. She immediately quit the tour and checked in to Timberline Knolls (a residential treatment center in Illinois for women battling addiction and eating disorders).
How she overcome all the struggle
"I had all the help in the world, but I didn't want it. When I hit that moment I was like, it's no longer fun when you're doing it alone. I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh my God that is alcoholic behaviour.' [It's] no longer, I'm young and rebellious and out having fun, it was, 'wow, I'm one of those people... I gotta get my s*** together.' I've been through hell and back, but my story isn't over yet... I can't wait to talk about the people who have never taken ANY credit for being a huge part of saving my life, and why I'm alive today...."
The Stronger Woman
Today, Demi is an image of a stronger woman who has overcome a lot of problems; Depression, Anorexia, Bulimia and Bipolar Syndrome. She had her scars on her wrists covered up with a tattoo saying, "Stay Strong".
Demi is over her eating disorders and bullying which she had been struggling since she was 8. Now she is a super hot bikini babe who flaunts her figure on social media.
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