Demi Lovato Admits: “I Was Completely Out Of Line”

(Elle)

By Daniel Gates

(Elle)

Demi Lovato opens up about her recent breakdown (and comeback) in the September issue of Elle.

The Disney singer-actress talks about being bullied over her weight when she was a child, her descent into eating disorders and cutting, and her infamous fight with back-up dancer Alex Welch. “I was completely out of line all summer,” she says of last year’s drama, which triggered a stint in treatment. She adds, “Just the worst attitude – totally ungrateful.”

But Lovato dismisses rumors that breaking up with Joe Jonas was to blame for her behavior. “I wouldn’t credit my meltdown to a guy. There was so much other stuff in my life,” she explains.

As for her altercation with Welch, Lovato says, “I just felt like she’d betrayed me. That’s the bottom line.” But the incident served as a giant wake-up call. “When you punch someone on a plane, enough is enough,” admits Lovato. “Right after, I texted my mom and just said, ‘I’m sorry.'”

Lovato says she’s finally ready to speak publicly about the demons that haunted her for so long, like cutting, something she wouldn’t acknowledge when red marks appeared on her wrists in 2008. “I don’t think I would have been ready to talk about [my problems] then, but I could’ve come up with something better than gummy bracelets,” she says, referring to the story her camp devised to explain the marks. “Needless to say, that publicist is no longer with us. I mean, she’s alive.”

Lovato’s emotional new single, “Skyscraper,” touched a nerve with the performer after her difficult year. During its recording, she says, “I doubled over, tears streaming down my face. It was a sight to see.”

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