Demi Lovato is only 25, but she's already gone through a lot on her road to stardom. Starting off on the children's television series Barney & Friends, she broke through with the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel, before launching her career in music. But while she may have managed to land five top-five albums in the charts, she was having a rough time with her mental health the entire time.
Lovato has become increasingly open about her problems over the years, with her confessions helping many of her fans realize that they are not alone in their struggles. In a recent interview with Dr. Phil, she opened up about her previous addictions and even suicidal thoughts, before her recovery in subsequent years.
She has spoken abut her relationship with her body before, as well as the bullying she suffered as a child, but this was the first time she opened up about the fact she had been suicidal at the tender age of seven.
"The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven and I had this fascination with death. I have experienced things that I have not talked about and don't know if I ever will talk about. At seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life that the pain would end."
"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."
"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."
Dealing with such heavy issues at such an early age would derail many of us, but Lovato has found a positive outlet in the present day. She manages to use Instagram to spread messages of body positivity, which clearly mean a lot to her die-hard fans.
Yesterday she shared a Boomerang video on her Instagram story, showing her grabbing her stomach while laying down. The caption read, "Stretch marks and extra fat and yet I still love myself".
Then another clip of her in the mirror, with the caption "Cellulite and yet I still love myself"
She then went on to point out that her cellulite wasn't that clear in the photo, but it is something she struggles with. The caption read:
"The boomerang smoothed out my legs. The point is, I have cellulite just like the other 93 per cent of women do. What you see on Instagram isn't always what it seems to be. Let's embrace our real selves. #iloveme"
She finished the last photo off with, "No thigh gap for me and yet I still love myself", showing that ridiculous standards of beauty set by society don't have to be met, even by pop stars like Lovato.