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“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized.'”
Demi Lovato just revealed that she chose to leave Disney Channel after checking out of rehab in 2010 and realising that eating disorders in the entertainment industry were “terrifyingly normalized”.
In a brand-new interview with Bustle, Demi opened up about having an eating disorder before she became famous. However, when she broke into the industry, she realised that many other people were in the same boat.
“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,'” Demi said, explaining that a stint in rehab made her want to address the struggles she’d witnessed.
“I came out of [rehab] with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people, or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel,” Demi went on. “I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”
Later on in the interview, Demi added that she aspires to have a career “that has nothing to do with [her] body” and instead focuses on her music.
Demi opened up about the effect of having an eating disorder earlier this year, claiming that her old management team “controlled” both her and her diet.
The “Cool for the Summer” singer revealed that things were so bad that she didn’t even have a birthday cake over the years and instead settled for a watermelon replacement.
However, Demi went on to reveal that her new management team, led by Scooter Braun, had helped the singer celebrate her 27th birthday with the cake she’d always wanted.