Demi Lovato Talks About Rehab and Memoirs
Ellisha Rader Mannering
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In the fall of 2010, Demi Lovato entered a rehab treatment facility for “physical and emotional issues.” She left the center at the beginning of 2011 and seemed like she was feeling better than ever. Lovato had gained some weight and seemed to have a great attitude. She hasn’t looked back and seems to be on top of the world. Many celebrities enter rehab, and while some come out changed, most just come out to go right back in a few months later. So what has made Lovato’s rehab experience so beneficial?
She claims that it is her desire to be a role model to her young fans. She said that although many celebrities claim that they aren’t role models and simply regular people who make mistakes like everyone else, Lovato claims to have a different outlook on her celebrity status.
“I used to say that too,” she admitted to Entertainment Weekly. “That was my excuse to do whatever the f— I wanted and not give a s— about what other people thought. Then I ended up going through some stuff. I realized I’m never going to escape the fact that I’m in the public eye, so I might as well do the best I can.”
Because Lovato was still filming a Disney show and touring with the Jonas Brothers, she said that she feared her rehab stay would harm her career and worried about what her fans would think of her. Lovato’s career didn’t suffer however, and most of her fans felt as if they had seen a more personal side of her.
Lovato is now a judge on X Factor and in the process of writing a tell-all memoir. She says that she often struggles with how honest she should be in the book and still worries about what her fans will think about her.
“I’m battling with internal thoughts on how honest I should be,” she said. “Yes, I’ve been very honest, but if people really knew how dark and deep my struggles got — not just with my eating disorder but with drugs and alcohol — they’d be really shocked. But I’ll most likely end up saying everything. Maybe it’ll help other people in the industry who are headed down the wrong path.”
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