Demi Lovato is in a really good place these days. In 2010, Demi spent three months in rehab to treat physical and emotional issues–including cutting, bulimia, and bipolar disorder–and she is now sharing her path to recovery, talking frankly about how peer pressure and loneliness led her to experiment with drugs. Forced into rehab by her loved ones, Demi says she is thankful she ended her addiction before it became life-threatening and she wants others to know they are not alone.
The past few years have proved to be career defining for Lovato: Demi became her most ground breaking international album to date, her books, Staying Strong: A Journal and Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year became New York Times bestsellers, she was a judge and mentor on The X-Factor, starred in Fox’s hit series Glee and continued to support charities close to her heart.
In 2012, Lovato joined The X Factor, the hit television singing competition franchise, alongside fellow new judge Britney Spears and returning judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. As the youngest judge and mentor, Lovato brought a fresh perspective to the panel and received praise from critics for her banter with Cowell, spot-on critiques, genuine encouragement and active involvement as a judge. She returned to the show for her second and final season in 2013.
At fifteen, Lovato was a bona fide TV star cultivating a promising singing career. In the late 2000s, while maintaining a rigorous TV and film shooting schedule, Lovato released two massively successful solo albums, Don’t Forget and Here We Go Again which debuted on the Billboard 200 at #1.
With all of her professional accomplishments, Lovato remains devoted to giving back. In 2011, in order to raise awareness about personal issues similar to her own, Lovato became a Contributing Editor to Seventeen magazine. She used Seventeen as a platform to discuss her personal issues as a part of a larger campaign called “Love is Louder than the Pressure to Be Perfect,” directed towards teen girls. After revealing that she had been bullied at the age of 12, Lovato has also supported numerous anti-bullying organizations. In 2012, she was named the ambassador for Secret’s “Mean Stinks,” an anti-bullying campaign to inspire students to “gang up for good” against girl-to-girl bullying. She also serves as an official Ambassador for the youth empowerment event We Day and the organization Free the Children, which works domestically and internationally to empower young people to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. She also recently launched the Demi Lovato Charity Boutique on eBay with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the organization to help children in developing communities around the world.
Lovato currently splits her time between in Los Angeles and Dallas.