The former Disney star revealed that she nearly got back to a rehab for her battle with bulimia in 2013, but her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama managed to help he stay on the right path.
“It was difficult. I almost went back to rehab for my eating disorder last summer. I was obsessing over food and terrified of it at the same time,” she says in an interview with Fitness magazine. “Wilmer noticed and called me out on it, which was a relief. I was done being afraid of food and so tired of overeating and not knowing why I did it.”
In 2010, the 22-year-old singer spent three months in rehab center for “emotional and physical issues.”
Fortunately all is better now and Demi explained that it isn’t always easy to stay on track.
“I’ve learned to appreciate my body for it is,” she tells the magazine. “I recently saw pictures from my first tour, and I spent that whole summer performing in the heat in a red leather jacket because I was ashamed to show my arms. And that was when I was 105 pounds! This tour, I’ve had the confidence to show my arms at every single concert. It may seem like a small thing, but for me, that’s huge.”
During her tour, the former X Factor judge kept a healthy diet and did sports regularly, which has been important to ensure her physical and mental recovery.
“Exercising has been so important for my recovery, both physically and mentally. On show days I count my concert as a workout, but on my off days I try to work out once in the morning and again at night,” she explains. “It can be a lot between performing and traveling, so I’m careful not to push myself too hard.”
“My energy and endurance have gone way up. I feel so much stronger, and I’m much healthier. Normally I’d get the flu, but this tour I’ve had only a small sinus infection—knock on wood.”
She concludes: “I’d rather be strong and happy than be what society thinks is thin and perfect and be miserable.”