After struggling with an eating disorder for several years, Demi Lovato knows what it means to feel shame. Now, as a judge on “The X Factor,” she must balance giving criticism with being aware of just how much being criticized can hurt. Get the dish on Demi’s struggle with her eating disorder, anti-bullying campaign and balanced life in this article.
“Ultimately I have a really good sense of what’s bullying and what’s just being critical, so I don’t really worry about it,” Demi explained to Access Hollywood about her judging style yesterday. “”I do have to really watch myself though, because some of the things that I say could be interpreted in a different way.” But even though it seems fun and relaxed on the show, the judging process can be stressful for someone like Demi who used to deal with her feelings by “self-harming” through cutting herself and abusing food, she told Self magazine in a recent interview.
“I’ve spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder,” Demi admitted to Self magazine. “I have to work on this stuff every day. I’m reminded of that whenever I eat.” To stay strong and fit, Demi exercises five to six days a week. But she emphasized that “it’s for my peace of mind, not to lose weight.” She runs, bikes, does boxing or performs yoga. As a result, Demi feels that she has overcome her issues. She has even taken on the challenge of halting bullying after enduring cruelty from her peers in her early teens, participating in an anti-bullying campaign.
“They’d come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away,” Demi revealed to People magazine yesterday. The pain of being bullied by her peers is one reason that Demi sought treatment for her eating disorder and cutting. Now she’s proud of taking action to prevent bullying by serving as the new ambassador for Secret’s “Mean Stinks” campaign, encouraging girls to “gang up for good” to end bullying in schools, reported People magazine.
The result of all these efforts: Demi enjoys her life, she told Access Hollywood yesterday. She has stopped harming herself by participating in healthy activities such as exercising. Addressing her recent switch to bangs, Demi added, “I joke around that it’s the only way that I really can express my impulsiveness and my rebellion. My life is so drama-free now – which is amazing and I’m so excited about it – but yeah, I do like to have fun and experiment with my hair.” It’s a healthy change from the days when she “expressed herself” by hurting herself.