Demi Lovato, who recently dealt with her father’s passing, is no newcomer to hardship as she had immense struggles early on in her life, according to a new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine for its August issue. In the interview, Lovato admits when she was suicidal at 7 years old.
Lovato, now 20, recalled her memories to Cosmopolitan about being a child star on the show “Barney & Friends.”
“Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who’s ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child’s heart, a void, that could be filled,” Lovato said. “And maybe Barney fills it. Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was 7. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way.”
But Lovato continued to struggle in her pre-teen years, and at age 11 she began cutting herself as a coping mechanism, ABC News reports.
“I’ve talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I’ve never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out,” she said, but she did not reveal more about these other events.
After overcoming so much so young, Lovato’s goal now is to provide to act as a role model to those with similar struggles like she faced, and to reach out to audiences through her music.
“I’m not super religious, but I grew up Christian and I believe in God,” she said. “When I’m in L.A., I don’t talk about it that much because people are very judgmental, but I just feel like God gave me a voice, not just to sing with. He put me through those things, which seemed horrible at the time, but they were so worth it. With the obstacles I’ve overcome, I can help people.”
Source: ABC News