Demi Lovato graces the cover of the latest issue of UK’s Cosmo on Campus, the spinoff of Cosmopolitan magazine aimed at students. Inside the singer and X-Factor judge opens up in a very revealing interview and talks about everything from relationships to her struggles with the eating disorder that she sought help for in 2010.
“I was about 12 or 13 when I developed my eating disorder, and at that time nobody in the public eye talked about their body issues,” Demi said. “I feel that if someone had admitted they had a problem, then I wouldn’t have gone down that route myself.”
The 20-year-old says she wants to be a role model for young people who might be facing the same hurdles. “That’s my goal in talking about my problems: I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength.”
One of the keys, she says, is not only accepting yourself for who you are but also not being afraid to ask for help.
“It’s OK to love your body the way it is,” she emphasizes, “and it’s OK to reach out for help if you have drug and alcohol problems, or if you’re self-harming or being bullied.”
Demi also admits her mistakes she made in past romantic relationships. “It is very unhealthy when girls devote all of their time to a guy and forget their friends and family,” she says. “I did that. I was always looking for distractions because I was so afraid of being alone.”