Demi Lovato talks to Ellen about being a role model

Demi wants to inspire others

Demi Lovato recently spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about her comeback to music and how things have changed for the singer since her stint in treatment.

The ‘Skyscraper’ hit maker opened up about the heavy pressure she was under before her breakdown and now that she is doing better than ever she hopes to inspire others that feel the way she did to reach out and get help.  She said;

“So many things were going great in my life and then all of a sudden my personal life just went down at crazy speeds. I had a negative breakdown and it changed my life forever. But I’m glad that it did, because if I had never gone into the treatment… I don’t know if, one, I’d even be sitting here today, [or] two, if I’d be alive today.”

Demi went on to say that her body image issues had a lot to do with her breakdown.  Lovato explains;

“One of the reasons why I became so outspoken when I decided to come out of treatment and talk about my issues was because when I grew up I was dealing with the pressures to be thin.  It was the time in the tabloids when very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine and that’s what I was looking up to. That’s what I had to idolize. I don’t want that for young girls to idolize. There was nobody out there for me to look at and say, maybe this is unhealthy. Maybe starving myself isn’t the answer. So I want to be that for a 13-year-old girl at home deciding whether or not to eat dinner, or an 18-year-old deciding whether or not to keep her breakfast down. There needs to be a role model out there, and for the first time in my life, I actually feel like one.”

You can catch Demi speaking to Ellen on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airing on Tuesday September 20.

Photo: Angela George

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