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Demi Lovato Says Eating Disorder Led to her Overdose in 2018

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By Allie Elaine

On Tuesday's "Pretty Big Deal" podcast, Demi Lovato opened up to host, Ashley Graham, about her near fatal overdose in 2018. While Demi has been open about her struggles with addiction, the singer explained that an eating disorder, which she thought she had handled, was the a huge culprit in the overdose. Lovato said, "I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder when it actually was just completely falling into it. And I just realized maybe my symptoms weren’t as obvious as before, but it was definitely and eating issue."

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The singer continued by saying, '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...I was in that situation, and I was just running myself into the ground. I honestly think that’s kind of what led to everything happening over the past year. It was just me thinking I found recovery when I didn’t, and then living this kind of lie and trying to tell the world I was happy with myself when I really wasn’t."

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Following her overdose on July 24, 2018, Lovato went to rehab and took a break from music. It was until the recent 2020 Grammys that Lovato made her big come back. She also sang the National Anthem at this years super bowl.

Lovato also explained where she now stands in her relationship with her body and image. "...when I realized I wasn’t happy doing that stuff, I made a choice going into this next album. Alright when I present this I’m not going to worry about what I look like."

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"I’m not going to worry about trying to look a certain way or fit a certain mold or whatever. That’s just not who I am. Someone needs to stand up for people who don’t naturally look that way," the singer continued. "I had to work my ass off every day in the gym six days a week to maintain that figure and its like…that lead me only one way and I don’t want to go down that path again. I’m not willing to destroy my mental health to look a certain way anymore."

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Graham then congratulated Lovato on her recovery, to which Lovato responded, "When you don’t have people who know the signs around you, I think what I really needed was someone to come in and say ‘hey, I think you want to take a look at how much you’re working out, or maybe three times a day is excessive for working out. There were times I lived at the gym and I would take business meetings at the gym on my breaks from my workout...That’s not happiness to me. That’s not freedom. That’s not everything I’d worked for and preached to people, so why live that life if it’s a lie. So I just decided to not live that lie anymore."

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