Demi Lovato Hoping To Inspire Others By Showing Her Journey To Recovery In Documentary
First Published: March 6, 2012 5:15 PM EST Credit: Access Hollywood
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Demi Lovato sang about her emotional issues in her song, “Skyscraper,” and now she’s taking things one step further – by addressing her issues on camera in MTV’s a new documentary, “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong.”
The former Disney star’s problems with bulimia and bipolar disorder have been well chronicled. She hit rock bottom in 2010, when she suffered a public meltdown while on tour, and that’s when she finally sought treatment.
“I think I’ve definitely had my rock bottom and I think that was probably right before I went into treatment where I said, ‘I definitely need help,’” Demi told Access Hollywood correspondent Jill Martin in a new sit down interview in New York City.
The documentary, which airs March 6 at 10 PM ET/PT on MTV, begins its focus in Fall of 2011, as Demi prepared to face her post-rehab life and start her first tour in recovery. The intimate portrait will show Demi as she goes home to Dallas, Texas, for Thanksgiving to visit with her family, and begin her Fall tour. It also shows the actress as she visits the very facility where she received treatment in October 2010.
The star who grew up in the spotlight on “Sonny With a Chance,” said she is proud to share her story, to help give courage to others.
“I think it was really important for me to do because I feel like I’ve been given an opportunity to speak out on issues that are really relevant in teenagers’ lives today, so I feel like being open and honest with my fans about the things I’ve been through could possibly help them,” she told Jill. “And, I just feel like, why not? Why not share my story when it can help others?”
Demi revealed the hardest part is facing recovery every day.
“Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that it doesn’t get a day off,” she said. “You have days off from work or you have days off from school, but unfortunately, when I have a day off, I still have to see my therapist or I still have to go do this or this or this…
“Recovery doesn’t have days off and you still have to make sure you maintain the healthy mindset, even when you kind of want to give up or you want a day off from it,” she continued. “But I think the most important thing is that when you put your mind to something, like recovery, and you have a goal to achieve in it, you just work as hard as you possibly can.”
Demi said things are still tough, but she is strong enough to face life’s challenges.
“Where I am today… I still have my ups and downs, but I take it one day at a time and I just hope that I can be the best that I can possibly be, not only for myself, but also young people that are out there today that need someone to look up to,” she added.
The actress/singer kicks off a South American tour, beginning April 15 in Caracas, Venezuela, and while she’s nervous, she’s ready for it.
“Every situation has its pros and cons and I think with [the] tour, some of the pros outweigh the cons, and there are things that I’m nervous about, but I’m really excited to get back on the road and be in front of my fans,” she said.
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