Demi Lovato reveals she considered suicide at just seven-years-old
As celebrities go, Demi Lovato is a very open book. The actress and singer has continuously gone on record about her battles with mental health and eating disorders in order to encourage others to confront their demons and realise that they are not alone. However, her latest revelation may be the most upsetting and extreme yet.
In a new interview with Dr Phil, the singer spoke candidly about her sobriety, her suicidal thoughts and her recovery from a very dark place. The 25-year-old also opened up about the first time she considered taking her own life.
"The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven and I had this fascination with death," said Lovato. "I have experienced things that I have not talked about and don't know if I ever will talk about."
According to the 'Sorry Not Sorry' singer, she was a child who continuously suffered with her mental health:
"At seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life that the pain would end."
Though those thoughts have now passed, Lovato said that they continued throughout her adolescence.
"It came back when I was bullied; it came back several times when I as struggling with depression—my bipolar disorder. I turned to cutting and there was awhile there when my mom was afraid to wake me up in the morning she didn't know if I would be alive or not because every time I cut it got deeper and deeper."
However, while she may have conquered who suicidal thoughts, she still admits to struggling with her eating disorder. "My struggles with my food issues are something that I still deal with it," said the star.
During the chat, Dr Phil asks Lovato what it was that drove her to drugs and alcohol at such a young age;
"I was searching for something to numb me out and to fit in and I turned to alcohol and that's where I felt relief."
Lovato goes on to say that kids bullied her for being on Barney and Friends when she was younger and that other girls, whom she had considered friends at the time, turned on her - eventually circulating a "suicide petition" around the school.
"The thing that really hurt me is that friends turned on me. It was over petty drama that 12-year-olds have in the 7th grade," she said during the discussion.
"The reaction was so much more extreme than what was normal, they had a suicide petition and they passed it around the school and got people to sign it. I was cyberbullied and they made fun of my weight."
The singer also discusses her troubled relationship with her father Patrick, who left Demi and her mom when she was just a child. Patrick died at 53 from cancer, with Demi being just 20-years-old at the time.
"He was abusive. He was mean but he wanted to be a good person and he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he would say, 'I am so glad that he's taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do'."
Celebrities like Demi Lovato are hugely important in society. In an age where teenagers - particularly girls - are put under so much pressure regarding their appearance, they need women like Lovato to let them know that they are not alone and that it is possible to conquer those demons.