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Demi Lovato's Lie of a Life and How Her Toxic Workout Obsession Prompted Her To Stop Lying

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By Ivy Pope

Demi Lovato has been open about her experiences with addictions and eating disorders, as of late. For years Demi Lovato has suffered from an eating disorder (bulimia) and substance abuse issues. She's been trying to do better, as of recent. She's trying to overcome her addictions and lead a much healthier lifestyle. Living sober, eating healthier, exercising regularly, all the good things you do to make your body healthy.

However, she's recently learned that addictions can shift from one thing to the next. Even if something is good for you, it can become an addiction if you do not moderate.

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Here's what she learned when she became addicted to working out:

“When I started having body image issues I remember being three years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach… and I remember thinking in my head, ‘I wonder if this will ever be flat,'” Lovato said when discussing her body image issues and how those led to an eating disorder, when she interviewed with Huff Post.

When you look at Lovato, you see a beautiful, healthy twenty-seven year old. But when she looks in the mirror, she sees things much different.

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And as she got older, it just got worse. She endured bullying due to her weight, where other kids called her fat, and the mental torment--according to her--is one of the things that caused her to develop an eating disorder.

By the time Lovato was in her teenage years, she was bulimic, and later she self-harmed.

Lovato also has a history with substance abuse; in 2017 she released a documentary titled: Simply Complicated. The documentary talked about being addicted to drugs and alcohol, as well as her eating disorder. The first time she ever tried cocaine, according to her, was in 2009. She was just seventeen years old, and still working for Disney Channel.

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From there, she partied, and things quickly spiraled. In 2010 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and therapists worked around the clock to try and manage her symptoms, she was continuing to self-medicate.

For ab it she seemed to be doing great. She was overcoming her addictions, she was sober for about six years. In 2018 she had a new single released, called Sober, and admitted she had relapsed. Shortly after she was taken to the hospital for a drug overdose.

While hospitalized, Lovato posted a statement on Instagram: "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”

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Recently, Lovato found herself seated with Ashely Graham for an interview on Pretty Big Deal. The show talked about her eating disorder, and Lovato stated that she was exercising more to ensure she looked good when she went onstage. However, she started talking about how she became obsessed:

“I was just running myself into the ground and I honestly think that’s what led to everything happening over the past year,” Lovato said. “Me thinking I found recovery when I didn’t. Trying to tell the world I was happy when I wasn’t. When I present this next album I’m not going to worry about what I look like … I had to work my a** off in the gym six days a week to maintain that figure, and I don’t want to go down that path again. I don’t want to destroy my mental health to look a certain way anymore … What I really needed was someone to come in and say, ‘Hey, I think you might want to take a look at how much you’re working out. Maybe three times a day is excessive. There were times where I lived at the gym and I would take business meetings at the gym on my breaks from my workout. I’d be gross but at least I didn’t have to leave and shower and I could go right back into another workout. I’d eat a meal, go work out, eat a meal, go work out. And it’s just like that’s not happiness to me, that’s not freedom. Why live that life if it’s a lie? I just decided not to live that life.”

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