Singer and Disney Channel breakout star Demi Lovato has been doing incredibly well since leaving rehab, and she’s opening up about staying sober and maintaining a healthy body image in the latest issue of Seventeen. How is she reflecting on her tried methods of self-medication, and what does she do to stay strong in times of weakness? Read on for a few wise words from a young but mature girl!
“I’m not going to lie,” Demi says in the new interview. “I was self-medicating. I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain. [Now] I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t throw up after my meals, I don’t starve myself,” says Demi. There’s nothing that I do that I feel ashamed of.”
Lovato keeps herself out of bad situations by simply staying away from altogether and not putting so much pressure on herself.
“Now on Friday nights, if I want to go hang out with friends, I go hang out with friends. If I want to stay in and be in the hot tub and have people over to watch movies, I do that. I have more fun doing that than I did making the stupid decisions that I did back in the day.”
She has also emerged with a healthy body image. “I’m not supposed to be stick thin — my body’s not made to be that way. I feel like I have a good butt. I don’t have boobs, but I got a butt!”
Lovato understands that falling while famous comes with a price, but she’s ready to take on such a responsibility. “My whole goal in life was to be a singer but now it’s taken on a whole new meaning,” she said. “Now I cherish a whole new meaning to my career, which is to be an inspiration.” She continues:
I think I’ve been given a voice for a reason…Everything happened for a reason and it’s no coincidence that I’ve been put through a lot at such a young age.
And who helps her through it all? ”There are two people that no matter how many times we fight, we will always be in each other’s lives. [Miley Cyrus and I] are strong-headed. Selena [Gomez] and I, we never fight.”
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