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Demi Lovato opens up about having suicidal thoughts at a young age

21 March 2018

Singer Demi Lovato has opened up regarding her struggles with mental health.

In a new interview with Dr. Phil, the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer gets candid about her sobriety, her suicidal thoughts and her recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of being.

'I have experienced things that I have not talked about, and I don't know if I ever will talk about.

"It's a very, very serious thing to want to take your own life, to consider taking your own life, and taking your own life".

Lovato said the thoughts returned "several times", including when she was "bullied" and struggling with depression and bipolar disorder.

Demi Lovato is getting real about her dark past. "I turned to cutting and there was a while there where my mom was afraid to wake me up in the mornings".

Demi Lovato is a longtime champion of self-care and a dedicated advocate for mental health, and the pop star has worked through extremely hard times to get to the happy, healthy place she is now.

During the chat on Dr. Phil, the host asked when and why the singer, who just celebrated six years of sobriety, turned to drugs and alcohol for comfort at such an early age.

"My eating disorder started when I was very young, and that's something I still work on on a daily basis", she said.

Thanks to her platform, the star is now using her life-long battle with mental illness and addiction to help reduce the stigma around it. "It was loneliness and depression, and I believe that a lot of that had to do with unresolved issues with my birth father that I hadn't dealt with yet".

"I feel like I've conquered my addiction and alcoholism, where I don't even think about it anymore. But I'm growing and I'm in a really good place today", Lovato added.

Demi has previously spoken about her eating disorder and told her fans she was learning to "love herself". "It was over petty drama that 12-year-olds have in the 7th grade", she said. She was joined by close friend and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

She continued, "If you feel like you don't have anybody, look within yourself and try to find that resilience that will ultimately get you through whatever it is you're going through".

"I care too much about my fmaily and my friends", she said. "Every single person on this planet is worth life".

Lovato, 25, spoke about suffering from suicidal thoughts during an interview with Dr. Phil.

Demi Lovato opens up about having suicidal thoughts at a young age