Demi Lovato has been vocal in the past regarding her struggle with mental health and drug abuse. Once again, in a TV interview, Demi opened up about her experiences with bullying.
When speaking with Dr. Phil on his TV show, the “Sorry, Not Sorry,” singer revealed her struggles with suicidal thoughts and substance abuse, in addition to a terrible experience with other girls growing up.
Shockingly, Demi described harrowing and humiliating instances of bullying she suffered during the formative years of her life. During the special, which airs today, Tuesday, Demi talked with the legendary host regarding the experiences which led to thinking about suicide as a potential option.
The singer explained that the “very first time” she ever experienced depression to the point of being suicidal was when she was seven-years-old. Despite her courage when it comes to talking about her life, Lovato admitted there were things she experienced that she’ll never discuss. It’s just too traumatizing.
At seven-years-old, Lovato knew that if she weren’t alive, she would no longer have to suffer and during times of stress, the thoughts come back.
As a result of her abuse, Lovato claims alcohol and drugs provided solace and comfort, but thankfully, she’s six-years sober to this day. However, her childhood stories are a lesson to people everywhere that words and actions can affect others.
When she was a child, classmates bullied her for appearing on Barney And Friends. Little girls, who she considered to be her friends, created a suicide petition which asked for her to commit suicide.
The worst part of the abuse wasn’t the mean comments, or the petition itself; it was the fact that girls she considered as friends were the ones to create it. The singer admitted it was over something petty that only 12-year-olds would care about, but either way, the effect of that betrayal was catastrophic.