Understanding Demi Lovato’s Battle With Weight Issues, Eating Disorder and Substance Addiction

Early events of 2020 such as the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards and Super Bowl LIV where she performed her comeback song, “Anyone” and The Star-Spangled Banner respectively, signaled the return of Demi Lovato to music ever since went on a hiatus. The singer, who is best known for Billboard Hot 100 top-20 tracks like “Here We Go Again”, “Give Your Heart a Break”, “Cool for the Summer”, and “Sorry Not Sorry”, took a break as a result of her battle with drug addiction that not only threatened to end her career but almost take her life. The multiple award-winner, however, stayed strong and like a phoenix, has risen from the ashes with the hopes of not just reviving her music career but also her acting one.

Demi Lovato’s Longtime Struggle with Substance Abuse

First Encounter with Drugs and Alcohol

The very first time Demi Lovato used drugs was in her teenage years. The singer, who was born in August 1992 and comes from an artistically-inclined family, was exposed to it as a result of peer pressure.

As the story goes, Lovato manifested her artistic talents quite early in life. She took acting and dancing classes as a child and by the age of 10, landed a recurring role on the children series, Barney and Friends. The early success she got yielded many good fruits but, however, made her a target for bullies at her high school which further made her become isolated.

In a bid to change this, the young girl sought the help of her peers to create a more likable image. These friends reportedly convinced her that taking substances would make her cool and at the age of 17, Lovato tried cocaine for the first time.

A Pattern of Rehab, Relapse, and Rehab Again

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After her initial foray into drug use, Demi Lovato continued using other illegal substances as her career blossomed. The New Mexico native was said to have spent the majority of 2009 and 2010 popping pills and drinking excessively. She was, however, forced to re-examine her life after she punched a dancer while intoxicated in November 2010. The whole episode was quite embarrassing and the budding pop star checked into a rehab facility for two months.

After her time in the facility, Lovato came out, supposedly clean, and featured in an MTV documentary titled Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, where she chronicled her journey to recovery. The irony, however, was that throughout this period of her so-called recovery, she was still using drugs and hiding that fact from those around her. This self-deception continued until her inebriated state affected her performance on American Idol in the spring of 2012. She subsequently checked herself back into rehab again and came out clean.

Demi Lovato’s Near-Fatal Overdose

Following her second stint in rehab, Demi Lovato managed to remain sober for the next few years. It was, however, not an easy task for her as she openly admitted to her fans.

In March 2018, Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety but by June of that same year, she disclosed that she had relapsed. The situation further worsened as the singer overdosed a month later. Demi was found unresponsive at her home and had to be resuscitated by paramedics. She was subsequently hospitalized and had to spend several months in rehab.

Following the ordeal, the singer released a statement thanking her friends and family for support. She stated that her illness was something that won’t just disappear and that she will continue to work hard to overcome it. Lovato appears to be staying true to her words as she marked her triumphant comeback with an awesome performance at the Grammy Awards in 2020. She followed that up with a performance of the U.S. national anthem at the National Football League (NFL) championship game.

Battle with Body Image and Eating Disorder

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Aside from her struggle with substance addiction, Demi Lovato has also battled bulimia. She reportedly started having body image issues when she was quite tender, wanting to have a flat stomach while it was fat. According to the singer, she started binge eating at the age of 9 and by 12, started purging in order to shed weight. This unhealthy pattern continued up until the age of 22 when she went into rehab for drug abuse. The doctors equally diagnosed her as bulimic and treated it.

Following the treatment she received, Demi Lovato managed to stave off her eating disorder for several years. She, however, relapsed after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, in 2016. In her words, she was quite lonely and missed Wilmer terribly so she took to binge eating in order to fill the “hunger in her heart”.

Lovato has since sought treatment for her eating disorder and has adopted a new mind-set. She has stopped stressing over dieting and weight loss but has instead adopted a fitness plan that is aimed at all-round wellness. This fitness plan consists of several forms of martial arts including boxing, jiu-jitsu, and MMA. Lovato has disclosed that this new philosophy has brought her much happiness and that she had rather be “strong and happy rather than thin and miserable”.

How Tall is Demi Lovato?

Demi Lovato is as petite as they come and she looks it too. The pop star stands at just 5 feet 3 inches, which makes her the same height as celebrities such as Jodie Foster, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, and Natalie Portman.

Speaking about her height, Lovato says: “I thought I was 5 foot 5 awhile ago until I took my shoes off and I grew!!! Yayy!! I’m 5’3″ and a HALF!” Well, we don’t know about the half-inch part but all we know is Demi Lovato’s height is listed at 5 feet 3 inches. A few people, however, think that the star is actually shorter than her listed height and that her real height is an inch or two lower than what is being reported. Others have even said that the singer uses heels to create an illusion of extra height and that she is no taller than 5 feet 1 inch at most. This is because her equally petite bestie, Selena Gomez, is just 5 feet 4 inches tall but is notably taller than her.


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