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"I tell on myself," she says, looking at Rosenberg and noting how important it is to have a support system when she feels an urge to participate in what she calls "destructive" behavior. She's admitted to experiencing suicidal thoughts as early as seven years old, a stark contrast to the smiling kid she played alongside Selena Gomez on .
As a teen, she struggled with eating disorders, self-harm, a cocaine addiction, and alcohol abuse. But I wasn't in a place where I could quit by myself." Then, in 2010, the 19 year old hit her "main rock bottom" and—after a well-reported violent incident— abruptly left the Jonas Brothers' world tour to seek treatment.
(When asked who she's excited to meet on Capitol Hill, she responds, "people on both sides of the House.") And she speaks deliberately, with a habit of taking frequent but brief pauses to ensure every word serves a purpose.
At the end of my first date with Sara, she moved in with me. Until that night, we'd only spoken on the phone a few times. By the time the ice in my soda had melted, I'd fallen in love.[My recovery] is the obvious shift in lifestyle, but also I actually started to have this feeling as if there was more stability in my life." That stability, though, comes amid a seriously crammed schedule: In addition to recording, touring, and promoting a new album, and working with Be Vocal, Lovato has a skincare line called Devonne by Demi, an endorsement deal with Skechers, and oversees the Lovato Treatment Scholarship, a cause she calls "very near and dear" to her heart.The program, which provides mental health care for people who couldn't normally afford it, is actually dedicated to her father, who also suffered from mental illness.I was like, 'Hey, so I'm bipolar …'s why….'" The ability to get this diagnosis and level of care is what motivates Lovato in her work as a mental health advocate.
"Four out of ten people with mental illness get help," she says. We'd gone to a Hollywood hamburger stand and gabbed about bands and writers for four hours.