Demi Lovato has made a fresh reveal regarding her eating disorder and body image issues. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer appeared on plus-size model Ashley Graham‘s “Pretty Big Deal” podcast on Monday, speaking candidly and honestly about her battles with her weight and food.
Demi has a long history of disordered eating alongside substance abuse problems – 2018 saw the 27-year-old hospitalized following a near-fatal drug overdose, but the podcast feature and video today saw Demi focus on food, not drugs.
The video posted to Ashley’s Instagram showed the 32-year-old seated with Demi. Demi was covered up in a stylish denim jacket and black pants, with the feature clearly not being one out to flaunt the singer’s recently slimmed-down frame.
This was about the words.
“Like, I don’t have to be in a one-piece leotard on stage because I’m tired of running myself into the ground with workouts and extreme dieting that, like, I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder, when it was actually just completely falling into it,” Demi began.
Demi continued to outline that she herself wondered if she’d been duped into thinking that she was doing better. She mentioned symptoms that “weren’t as obvious” as they had been in the past.
“But it was obviously an eating issue,” she added.
New mom Ashley then asked Demi if it was because she had thrown herself into working out.
“Yeah, and I think when you have certain people around you that are telling you certain things that you should look a certain way, it makes it harder,” Demi replied.
Demi continued to very bravely admit that she was “thinking I found recovery when I didn’t and then living this lie and trying to tell the world I was happy with myself when I really wasn’t.”
2019 saw Lovato make an exceptionally brave move as she took to Instagram with an unedited bikini photo of herself with visible cellulite. For fans, the shot marked the sign of someone beginning to accept their body. The image (seen above) currently sits at a staggering 9.9 million+ likes.
Replies to Ashley’s Instagram post came in fast as fans praised Demi for being so open.
“Love her! ? I’m so happy she’s being real with herself and doing what makes her happy,” one user wrote.
“It takes a long time to realize you have an eating disorder, I understand,” another said.
One user simply called Lovato a “warrior.”
Demi is not alone in the world of celebrity eating disorders. Sufferers also include actress Porta de Rossi, “Riverdale” star Camila Mendes, plus Netflix face Lily Collins.