Demi Lovato recently revealed details about her past drug addiction. The X Factor judge spoke in an interview this week about how her addiction nearly ended her career. Lovato, 21, spent time in rehab 3 years ago, but is seemingly clean and sober today.
Lovato said her struggle with cocaine addiction started when she was a teen. She spoke of the extent of her addiction, and how she couldn’t go more than an hour without cocaine.
“I would smuggle it [on a plane] basically, and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep, and I would do it right there,” Lovato said. “I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got, and that was even with somebody [with me]. I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7, living with me. I was able to hide it from them as well.”
In her interview, Lovato told of how she hid her problem from family and friends. Just like with many families today, even when loved ones suspected a problem, Lovato was able to lie to cover it up, and her family believed her.
Lovato also talked of an eating disorder that plagued the young star as early as the age of 8. “I started overeating, compulsively overeating,” Lovato admitted. “I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan. I went from doing that to being unhappy with my body. I went to just completely starving myself and that turned into throwing up and starving myself and it was just this crazy battle going on inside of me. It was something that I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die.”
Again, Lovato was able to hide her disorder from loved ones, and struggled for years with it. Lovato finally got treatment for her disorders in 2010 and has been living a clean and recovered life ever since. She is speaking out about her struggle today in the hopes that it will lead others to accept help for their drug addiction or eating disorders.