Demi Lovato Doesn’t Know If She’d ‘Be Alive’ Without Treatment
Demi Lovato has been embracing a "full disclosure" policy ever since being treated for emotional and physical years in a facility at the end of the last year. Rather than "deny, deny, deny" or reluctantly choosing not to discuss it, Lovato has embraced her flaws and has accepted her status as a role model for young girls. In fact, Lovato, 19, felt that her treatment was so crucial that it's the reason she survived and is still alive today.
Lovato, who will appear on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' this coming Tuesday, referred to her life, pre-treatment, as a "mess" and that her public meltdown was actually a blessing in disguise. The breakdown was something the 'Skyscraper' singer is grateful for because it helped her put things in perspective and to regroup.
"So many things were going great in my life, and then all of a sudden my personal life just went down at crazy speeds," she admitted candidly (via People). "I had a negative breakdown and it changed my life forever." While having a breakdown in front of millions of her fans was not ideal or comfortable for the star, Lovato acknowledged that seeking treatment saved her. She declared, "But if I hadn’t gone into treatment. I don't know if, one, I'd even be sitting here today, [or] two, if I'd be alive today."
That's why Lovato has happily embraced talking about her issues and her recovery, so that she can perhaps help other teens enduring the same problems. She wants to be the support system they reach out to and the life preserver to which they cling. Upon exiting her treatment post in January, she knew she wanted to be "outspoken" about her issues.
"There was nobody out there for me to look at and say maybe this is unhealthy," Lovato said. "I want to be that for a 13-year old girl at home deciding whether or not to eat dinner, or an 18-year-old girl deciding whether or not to keep her breakfast down." Thousands of mothers of teenage girls are secretly thanking Lovato for her decision to be a de facto spokesperson!
Lovato acknowledged that tabloid culture contributed to her own battles, saying, "It was the time in the tabloids when very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine, and that's what I was looking up to. That's what I had to idolize. I don't want that for young girls to idolize."
Kudos to Demi Lovato for sharing her struggles. It's a brave, courageous and applause-worthy move.
Lovato's 'Unbroken' is out Tuesday.