Demi Lovato is seeking help

“She fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting. [She] is taking control by getting help.” a friend of the Lovato family tells People.

The same source reveals that the 18-year old teenager had been struggling with her weight ever since she entered her teens: “She definitely had body-image issues. She was always conscious of her weight.”

“Like many other teenage girls, she struggled a lot to fit in and find acceptance,” says a family friend. “She’s very sensitive, very intuitive and that is part of what makes her a wonderful performer – very talented. It is double-edged sword. I think she felt that the hard time she had [in school], problems with kids who were incredibly vicious made her stronger. But none of us feels strong every day.”

In a September interview with People, Lovato admitted having problems with accepting her appearance. “I have a tattoo on my rib and it says, ‘You make me beautiful,'” she said. “There was a song that inspired me when I was younger and it helped me through a really rough time I used to have self-image issues.”

“Feeling comfortable in your clothes is something I deal with to this day. I wish I had somebody I had to look up to when I was younger to stand up and say, ‘Hey, I have fat days.’ So I want to be able to start a foundation or something that’s for girls feeling confident, to empower them. ”