Demi Lovato in LATINA magazine. On rehab: ‘I thought I was going to lose every thing when I checked myself into treatment. I didn’t know if I would have a career at all when I came home. So it really hit me, I hadn’t been grateful. In that sense,
..I can honestly say I’m glad I hit rock bottom when I did. Most people don’t have those moments. I see young people in this industry who feel entitled because they haven’t hit rock bottom yet. I feel blessed when I get an opportunity now.’
Her problems: ‘It wasn’t my idea, to be 100 percent honest. It was influenced by management, publicists and family. But they were all bringing up a good point: What teens need most is someone they can relate to, someone they..
..connect with on serious subjects like eating disorders, cutting, bipolar disorder, depression and bullying. I’ve been there. I get it. Why wouldn’t I be honest about it so I could help someone else?’
Estranged from father: ‘Sometimes there are people in your life that you have to cut out. It sucks when it’s your own father. I know what’s best for me. At a young age, I had to. I have an old soul, because I had to grow up fast, because of the public eye and because of my life experiences.‘
Staying healthy: ‘I continue to have moments. I still think sometimes that I’m not strong enough, I need extra help. I can’t tell you how many people I have working with me in recovery. It’s good. It’s positive. [But] it’s a daily battle. Things can still get me down sometimes. But nothing keeps me down.‘
Being Latina: ‘Latina culture means warm family gatherings, special stories and a bond that I love to experience. I feel so much love and comfort when I’m with [the Latino] side of my family. It makes me proud of my culture and my ethnicity.’
On her big career dreams: ‘In 2012, I really want to be at the Grammys. And I don’t want to go unless I’m nominated, presenting or performing. It’s my lifetime goal to be able to say I’m nominated. So I really want to make that happen.’