Demi First Disney Star On TV & In Rehab

FROZEN Premieres in HollywoodDemi Lovato EW interview: A lot of your peers like to say, ‘I’m not a role model.’ But with a book of advice like this, you’re saying the opposite: I used to say that too. 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.

You’ve been quite open about your personal struggles ever since they came to light: When I went to rehab, I was still on the Disney Channel, I think I might be the first person who can say that! [Laughs] It wasn’t like I could discreetly make the choice to go into treatment. My actions were very public. My manager told me, ‘You can decide not to talk about anything, or you can be completely honest.’ Now, at night, I can rest on my pillow easy because there’s nothing I’m hiding.

Was it scary making that decision? When I was in treatment, I honestly thought my career was over. But when I came out of treatment, I had more supportive fans than ever. There are lots of artists who aren’t honest, they put on a face. Nobody can relate to that face. Growing up, I needed someone in the public eye to look up to. At the time, it was starlets clubbing and getting really, really thin. That’s what I thought was cool and glamorous. But now I want to inspire that young girl who thinks she’s overweight, or too thin, or not pretty enough.

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How do the people around you help you stay on the right path? I have my manager, who will sit me down. He’ll tell me, ‘Some days I can tell you’re doing really, really well,’ and other days he’s like, ‘What’s wrong? Something’s off. What’s going on?’ There’s my day-to-day manager, and sometimes I unintentionally sound like I’m barking at her. I get into business woman mode, and I say, ‘THIS CANNOT HAPPEN AGAIN!’ because I’m stressed, and she’s like, ‘That was really rude,’ and I say, ‘I didn’t even realize that, I’m so sorry.’

So I have people who’ll call me out and be like, ‘No, we’re not going to let you act like a little spoiled brat.’ I had a lot of yes people in my life when I was really sick, and that’s what kept me sick. Sometimes you really need to go into business woman mode, though: Yes, but there’s also a way of getting your point across and not being a bitch. So I had to learn that

You have a book deal for a real memoir. Have you started on that? I haven’t. I’m battling with internal thoughts on how honest I should be. 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.

A lot of lyrics in pop songs seem to be all about drinking and clubbing. Do you feel like it’ll hurt your music career not to put out records about those types of things? I don’t really care because those things don’t apply to my life at all. A good example of that is Taylor Swift. We’ve had conversations about this where I’m like, ‘I have so much respect for you as an artist because you don’t have to write about that stuff.’ She’s like, ‘Well, I don’t go out.’

I don’t go out to clubs and I don’t party and to me, it says more when you don’t have to do things for shock value. You’re more repsected as an artist. And that’s what I want to be, I want to be respected as an artist and not a tabloid headline.

You and Miley Cyrus both started out on Disney but now have very different careers. What advice would you give her? I’m in no position to give people advice on their careers. She’s having fun and figuring out who she is, and this is the age when that happens. I think that..[long pause and a smile] she’s doing her own thing. Good for her.

When did you have time to write? I fly a lot, so I had this huge stack of papers. Whenever I sit on plane, as much as I would love to sleep, I sat there writing this really deep book and exhausting myself even more, but I was so excited about it. Flight attendants would walk by and I’d have these papers everywhere and I was so unorganized and I was writing very feverishly with coffee on an airplane. I never want to slap my name on something. If I’m going to have a perfume, I’m going to be involved every step of the way.

If I’m going to write a book, I’m not going to have people do the whole thing for me. Obviously I’m going to have help because I’ve never written a book before, but really, I really, really wrote that book. I have proof! You can see all of the edits. If I’m going to co-direct, I want to know what I’m doing and set up the treatments and everything. I never half-ass anything. This was something I’m very proud of for that specific reason.

Now that you’re a published author, what do you want to do next? Life is so short, and I have so many dreams. I even had dreams of becoming a prosecuting attorney. I told my management I was going to law school, and they said, ‘When?’ I was like, ‘Maybe when I have a baby and things slow down.’ They’re like, ‘That doesn’t make any sense!’ I want to be a director, and I want to pass bills in Congress about bullying. I really, really want to have my own talk show one day, be the next Oprah. I really do want to save the world. I know that’s kind of impossible, but I’m striving for it.


  • laura

    I like her, she’s sweet and she’s honest.
    I really admire that about her.
    She’s a great role model for other girls :)

    • anonymous

      no a great role model is one that never did it, and isn’t still in denial about things like wilmer

      • Julia

        She’s not in denial with wilmer it’s called privacy, they want there privacy, if i was famous i wouldn’t want to out my boyfriend then the paps would be following you both all day asking you about eachother etc

      • laura

        She has been through an eating disorder, self harm, alcohol and drug abuse and has found out she is bipolar, yet she is still standing and she’s happier than ever.
        And because off all the shit she has been through, she wants to inspire other girls to never ever give up and to show them they are worth to be alive, that they are beautiful and that they mean something.
        How is that not being a good role model?
        If she wants to keep her romantic history or whatever it’s called private, she has all the rights to do so.
        She’s someone you can look up to.

      • in jesus name i pray amen

        oh burn…. but I still think she is a role model for picking herself up despite her shaky past. BUT… 100% agreed about Wilmer.

  • johnny

    long pause and smile……- Why do interviewers want to show that certain answers are BS? Its like they want to start beef. Demi should have said no Miley questions.

  • Cici

    I love her soooo much…but come on, she says all these things pertaining to Miley’s life..then when asked about Miley, she contradicts herself & says “oh, she’s just having fun!” Seriously….?

    • true

      i know you can tell thats not really what she wants to say ( hence the long pause and smile lol) but im sure she doesnt want to offend. Plus her and miley arent as close like they were shes just trying to keep it civil because im sure theres tons of things she wants to say about miley’s antics/actions

    • Rosemary

      I thought that too but I think she was just being careful. She doesn’t want to offend Miley and start drama

      • in jesus name i pray amen

        she should tbqh… the young hollywood world has been lacking it. The Jonas breakup couldnt even stay hot on the presses for more than a week.

  • true

    i cant tell she was being really honest and genuine in this interview it was very nice. lol at them adding the “long pause and smile” though. I mean i wouldve done the same thing. its like you want to say something but you know its just not worth it/ or could start bs. good for demi for keeping it classy though.

    • true

      oops i meant CAN** i can tell she was being honest :)


    Wow. Now that she got her shit together, I’m really liking her. Never would’ve thought that Demi would be my fave Disney gal yet here I am.

    • in jesus name i pray amen

      bb is rising from the ground, like a sky scraper