In a recent interview with American Way Magazine, Demi Lovato shared how her addictions and illnesses drove her to a point where she didn't think she would live to see the age of 21.
Coming from a family that had struggled with bulimia and alcohol addictions, Lovato found herself on a downward spiral after achieving success as a teenager.
She explained to American Way that upon finding some early fame with the Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock and her own show Sonny with a Chance, she quickly looked for a way to deal with the onset of fame.
She said, "I lived fast and I was going to die young," experimenting with drugs such as cocaine and OxyContin. Her mom, Dianna Lee Hart, couldn't prevent her from the self destruction because Lovato was making enough money to support herself and would not listen. As Lovato said, "There's no manual on how to parent a pop star."
It was at that point that Lovato was sure she was going to die soon.
When American Way asked Lovato if she thought she was going to live to the age of 40, she responded, "I didn't think I would make it to 21."
Luckily Lovato realized she could no longer live like she was and needed to seek help. While she thought she was "just another stereotype" when she checked into rehab, it helped tremendously and she hasn't had a drink since January 2012.
Since putting out a bestselling book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, starting a charity for mental illness, and addressing her addictions in music, fans have flocked to her message about overcoming their own illnesses.
She told American Way, "When I have meet-and-greets, I can't tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts. They'll tell me, 'You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,' or 'I got sober.' Hearing those things gave my life new meaning."
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