Demi Lovato once felt triggered by a news piece back in 2018. Since then, she’s made it a point to block out negative press.
In an interview with Paper magazine, Demi Lovato recalled how a mean news story in 2018 almost made her give up on her sobriety. The 28-year-old pop star suffered a near-fatal drug overdose that year, with doctors saying she was found maybe “five to 10 minutes” before dying.
“I think it was right after I got out of rehab in 2018,” she began, “I saw an article somewhere that said I was morbidly obese. And that is the most triggering thing that you could possibly write about somebody with an eating disorder.”
“That s****d, and I wanted to quit, I wanted to use, wanted to give up.”
Demi Lovato values her sobriety and clearly doesn’t want to go through such a scary experience again. And that means she’s not up for any negative criticism, and rightly so.
“And then I just realized that if I don’t look at those things then they can’t affect me. So, I stopped looking and I just really try not to look at anything negative,” she added in the interview.
Despite all the negativity out there, Lovato is choosing to look at the positives. “I think the positives outweigh the negatives,” she reasons. “I think that if they didn’t, I wouldn’t be doing this.”
Demi Lovato will open up about sobriety, her eating disorder and more in new docuseries
In her new YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil., the singer will get candid about her addiction, sobriety and her recovery from a lifelong eating disorder.
But opening up about one’s struggles comes at a cost. In the documentary, Lovato will also talk about how she deals with the pressure of being perceived as a poster girl for mental health advocacy, all while she’s battling her own demons.
“It’s draining, yes, and it’s hard,” she shared with the magazine. “More than a handful of people would tell you each time, ‘You saved my life,’ or they would show me the cuts on their wrists. I know that they mean well, I know that they are confiding in me because they have no one else. But it does take a lot.”