This weekend, Demi Lovato has abandoned the tour that she was attending alongside the Jonas Brothers in order to check into rehab.
“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. ”