Demi Lovato: I Was Suicidal at 7
Demi Lovato opens up to Cosmopolitan about her very early struggles and being a “badass” in a revealing interview for the August 2013 cover story. The performer debuted on “Barney & Friends” when she was seven years old, and even then was facing serious demons.
“At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling,” she tells the magazine. “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. And maybe Barney fills it.” Lovato continues, “Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was seven. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way.” “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,” explains the singer.
Lovato has little use for the partying that many young celebs pursue. She says, “When I look at someone who’s out there partying excessively or rappers rapping about doing drugs, who people look up to, and think, ‘Oh that’s a G; that’s a gangster.’ I think, ‘You’re actually being a giant p*ssy.'” “Sorry, but those rockers in the ’80s were the furthest thing from rock stars. They were so insecure and so lonely that they had to do these things to get them through the day,” contends Lovato. The “X Factor” judge adds, “If you’re spending your entire early 20s chasing the next party, what are you running away from? That’s not a badass. What’s a badass is when you can sit through your problems and feel emotions when you don’t want to have them.”
Lovato reveals, “There have been nights where I’ve had to sit on my hands, because I want to act out, because I physically can’t sit still in the pain I’m dealing with, from looking back and being bullied or other things that happened. And now, as hard as it may be, I will do that. That’s what makes me a badass. Being a badass is handling your sh*t.” The issue with the full interview hits newsstands on July 9. What do you think about Lovato’s comments?