Ever wonder how the 20-year-old “X Factor” judge is able to go toe-to-toe with Simon Cowell? Turns out, she’s had a lot of experience with bullies in her life.
When Demi Lovato was but a wee budding pop teen, she experienced her fair share of hate. A lot of the pain stemmed from the anger and jealousy of her schoolmates.
Demi opened up about the experience in an interview with People.
“I had a really tough time when I was in middle school," she said. "People would write 'hate petitions' [about me] and send them around to be signed.”
According to Demi, classmates would put on “CD-bashing parties” of her early material, some going as far as to shout things outside of her house.
“All I wanted to do was get away," she said. “Back then, there were times I didn't think I'd be able to move on.”
Demi cites the teenage harassment as one of the reasons why she sought treatment in 2010 for her eating disorder and cutting issues.
The “Unbroken” songstress has worked past the pain though, now using her experiences to fight against bullying in schools today.
Demi joined forces with Secret’s Mean Stinks campaign as an ambassador for a crusade that encourages students to “gang up for good.”
“I heard about the program last year, and thought it was such a great opportunity," Lovato said. "They're really trying to put an end to bullying."
Catch Demi and her girl power in full on the Thursday’s episode of “The X Factor” at 8/7 c on FOX.