Actress/singer Demi Lovato has pulled out of a current world tour as the opening gig for the Jonas Brothers and checked into rehab center to deal with “emotional and physical issues.”
Neither the location of the center nor Lovato’s problems were disclosed. A person familiar with Demi Lovato said that Lovato had dealt with an eating disorder and cutting herself in the past.
In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Lovato said she had to leave middle school at one point because she was bullied so badly.
“It was more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that’s actually more scarring than anything,” she said. “And I had to leave because I just couldn’t deal with it. And I’ve home-schooled ever since.”
The Disney star, 18, was due to wrap up her slot supporting the Jonas Brothers in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 13 November, but she left the trek at the weekend to seek professional help at a treatment centre, following some ugly incidents on the road.
“Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future,” her spokesman said.
It is not known what precipitated her decision to seek help but there are reports that she actually had a physical altercation with a female performer. That incident apparently acted as a ‘catalyst’ for the Demi Lovato rehab stint. She recently also decided to delete her Twitter account and also canceled a show because she was apparently too sick to perform.
Lovato has recently been romantically linked to teen pop sensation Justin Bieber and previously dated Jonas Brothers star Joe Jonas.
Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is best known for her roles as Mitchie Torres in the Camp Rock movies and as Sonny Munroe in Sonny With a Chance. She starred in the 2009 movie Princess Protection Program.
Lovato was born in Dallas, Texas to Patrick Lovato and Dianna Hart De La Garza. She is of Mexican descent from her father and Irish and Italian descent from her mother. She has an older sister Dallas Lovato and a younger half sister, Madison De La Garza. Her mother was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and country recording artist; her father moved to New Mexico after their marriage ended in 1994.
She earned a high school diploma through home-schooling in April 2009. She began playing piano at the age of seven and began her acting career at the age of seven on the children’s television series Barney & Friends as Angela, appearing in seasons seven and eight alongside long time friend Selena Gomez.
On September 23, 2008, Lovato released her debut album Don’t Forget. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 89,000 units in its first week of release. It has since sold over 473,000 records in the US. Lovato stated in an interview that the album was recorded in ten days.
In 2009, Lovato recorded “One and the Same” for Princess Protection Program as a duet with Gomez – they both appear in the film.
Lovato released her second studio album, Here We Go Again on July 21, 2009. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 108,000 records sold in its first week. The album was more inspired by acoustic music than her debut's pop rock-influenced sound.
In December 2009, Allmusic ranked Here We Go Again as one of the best pop albums of 2009.
In 2010, the album was nominated for 3 Teen Choice Awards, "Choice Album", "Choice Love Song" and Lovato for "Choice Music Breakout Artist: Female".
Lovato also stated in July 2010 that work on her third album, scheduled to be released in Spring 2011.
In 2010, on her eighteenth birthday, Lovato bought her family a Mediterranean Style house in Los Angeles. She said, "For me to give that to my family on my birthday, that was the best present." then added, "It's got pretty much everything you could possibly imagine in it. It's the most beautiful, homey-feeling house. I love it." Lovato also purchased their previous $1.88 million home in Toluca Lake, LA, when she was 16 years old.
Often times far too much pressure is exerted on these young celebrities by their record companies, management, and all of the people that are part of the machine driving teen stars, leading to the downward spiral many of them.
It’s refreshing to see a young celebrity like Lovato try to take control of her life and own up to her behavior. Maybe she can turn this into a lesson for many of her young, impressionable fans.