Demi Lovato is featured on the cover of the December/January issue of Nylon magazine and in the accompanying interview she makes some new revelations about her past struggles before entering in rehab in 2010.
“My parents tried to control me, but I’d be like, ‘Oh really, I’m grounded? Well, I pay the bills,’ ” she tells the mag. “They did the best they could. And I think that’s why a lot of young stars struggle when they’re making money or providing for their family.”
“My mentality was ‘Work hard, play hard,'” she explains. “It was hard to listen to the word ‘no.’ I wanted to make my own rules. I thought that if I was adult enough to get there, then I could party like an adult. And obviously, I couldn’t.”
During a world tour with the Jonas Brothers in October 2010 she decided to enter a treatment facility for “physical and emotional issues” at just 18 after battling addiction, an eating disorder and cutting.
And although Demi wants to leave her problems behind and be a model for others, she doesn’t want to always be reduced to that.
“I would like to separate myself from being the girl who overcame her issues, or the Disney chick who ended up in rehab while she was still on Disney,” she says. “I don’t want people to hear my songs on the radio and be like, ‘Oh, that’s the girl who cut.'”
She is however grateful for having been able to help many fans with problems, and enjoys having a special relationship with them.
“Now I have probably the best relationship between any artist and their fans, because I have no secrets.”