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Why We Need More Teen Stars Like Demi Lovato

Submitted by on October 14, 2011 – 10:25 am3 Comments

Although it looks like Demi Lovato‘s new album is the reason she’s consistently being booked on TV shows (Access Hollywood), writing columns (Seventeen) and doing countless magazine interviews (Parade), her famous battle with serious emotional and physical issues is the real focus of her promotional campaign, and her brave openness is endearing her to fans more than ever before.

Each time the bubbly talent sits down to chat about her latest collection of music, Unbroken, she’s hit with questions regarding a well-documented dark time spent suffering from bulimia, bipolar disorder and self-mutilation. After a rehab period of three months (at a residential treatment center outside Chicago) and heavy supervision since, Lovato’s been the subject of constant media scrutiny. A child star who’s logged an impressive recording and acting career, the 19-year-old is very vocal about how she was resistant to family and friends’ many attempts to help her as she stopped eating and started cutting herself, and how professional treatment that came after her punching a backup dancer in the face while on tour with the Jonas Brothers saved her life. (Of that particular incident she says, “When you’re putting on concerts and not eating, it will take a toll on you. And it did, and I snapped. And I regret it to this day.”)

“There’s a certain point where you learn [your issues are] taking a toll on you, your family, your career, your life,” she says. “By me speaking about it [it may reach] girls out there that may not want to get help, but know that they have a problem and they definitely need to get help.”

Lovatics (yes, that’s what her diehard fans are called) can catch a rejuvenated Demi Lovato on tour from next month. See dates below:

»November 16 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
»November 18 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods
»November 19 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
»November 22 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
»November 25 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
»November 26 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
»November 27 – New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
»November 29 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
»December 1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
»December 3 – Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theater

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