Demi Lovato has been through a lot in her life. She struggled with bipolar disorder, attempts at suicide, and then she emerged from rehab a new, strong person. Yes, youth was a tough time for Dem—wait, she’s 19?!
She might be young, but Demi got that whole celebrity meltdown thing out of the way early. The 19 year-old singer talked to Glamour about her darker days. Specifically, when she used to cut her wrists.
“I think scars are like battle wounds—beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it.”
Lovato revealed that she began to self-mutilate at the age of 11. She said it was “a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body.”
"The only way that I could get instant gratification," she recalls, "was through an immediate release, and taking it out on myself."’
Demi has since covered up the scars with tattoos, and she describes her new ink:
“My tattoos say ‘Stay strong’. ‘Stay’ on one [wrist] and ’strong’ on the other. Now I’m able to look at them and be thankful for being alive. I think that I’ve been blessed over the past year to be able to start over.”
This is good. All of us need little reminders of what we need to do with our lives. For example, I’m getting “Diet” and “Stop watching so much TV” tattooed on my wrists.
Hollyscoop talked to Demi about the difficulties of growing up in the public eye.
“You’re a teenager and you are making mistakes and figuring out who you are but there is a camera on you with a magnifying glass,” Lovato explained to Hollyscoop. “It's a part of it, I asked for this its my dream. You just have to deal with it."
Demi, who famously dated Wilmer Valderrama, says her next boyfriend will be someone supportive:
“Not only supportive in my career but also in my [emotional] recovery. It’s a big responsibility dating me. Because I come with a little bit of baggage, you know? I’m completely open. I’m honest about the journey I’ve been on, so I definitely don’t take dating lightly anymore. And they have to make me laugh!”
And Lovato’s hit, Skyscraper, is reportedly about the people who didn’t stick by her side during her battle with depression:
“It’s to every person who tried to bring me down. Everyone has the bully or the mean girl or the ex-boyfriend who tried to bring them down. For me, I think of the people who really weren’t there for me when I went into treatment. It was a really dark time for me because I had only a few people—I had surrounded myself with so many artificial friendships. It’s about those people too.”