FORMER Disney star Demi Lovato has revealed she only pulled through from her drug abuse and self-harming thanks to the love of her mum.The 19-year-old star of Sonny With A Chance and Camp Rock quit a tour and went into rehab in October 2010, later admitting to a breakdown caused by bulimia, self-injury and drug Sabuse.
On the eve of her third attempt to break the UK music market, the American star has opened her heart about how her mum Dianna Hart de la Garza helped her through it.
She said: “My mother is everything to me. She’s my anchor, she’s the person I go to when I need to talk to someone.
“She is an amazing woman.
“I got through it with the support of people like my mother.
“You can only make it when you feel that you are loved, no matter what, when you feel that you will get another chance.
“I am grateful and I am ready to make this year a much better year. I have so much energy now. I feel great.”As she returns with a new album Unbroken and single Skyscraper, Demi claims what happened to her has been a humbling experience.
Famous aged seven, starring in Barney and Friends before joining the Jonas Brothers on Camp Rock and being given her own show Sonny With A Chance, Demi now realises she needs to take a break and learn to relax. She said: “Being a workaholic might have been the problem in the first place.
“I never stopped, I was like the energy bunny, I was going and going and going.
“No more of that. I am ready to lead a different life now.
“I listen to my body now, I eat better, I get my regular sleep.
“It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. You feel so much better for it in the morning.”
Perhaps her new outlook in life will allow her to give her music the go it deserves.
Despite the success of her fellow Disney friends Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, Demi has still to crack the charts. Her first two albums Don’t Forget and Here We Go Again limped in at number 192 and 199. But Unbroken could change this.
Ballad Skyscraper became her first American Billboard top 10 hit last year and Unbroken went top five in the album charts.
On the recording of Skyscraper Demi admitted: “It was a very difficult song for me to record.
“It was a cry for help for me.
“And I felt very raw when I recorded it. A lot of emotion went into this song.”
Drawing on some of her own experiences, she tells her fans to be careful who they listen to and watch out for peer pressure.
She said: “I know that for a fact.
“It’s very important that you have a good support system, no matter what you do in life. And just because one friend says jump, it doesn’t mean you need to jump as well.
“Be careful of not being led in the wrong direction. And make sure you pick your friends wisely. You don’t want to hang out with the wrong crowd.”
Source: Daily Record