Singer Demi Lovato has gone through a lot over the last few years, including Grammy nominations, getting candid about her struggles with addiction and revealing her sexual fluidity. The former Disney star also suffered an accidental drug overdose in July 2018, and even got engaged — and had a major breakup — in 2020. Despite the ups and downs, Demi is back on track these days, and it seems like she is doing better than ever.
The New Mexico native started working in the entertainment industry in 1999 at age 8, when she appeared on Barney and Friends alongside Selena Gomez. In her late teens and 20s, the “Skyscraper” singer has been vocal about her struggles with body dysmorphia and eating disorders, which started affecting her when she starred on Disney’s Sonny With a Chance beginning in 2009.
“My eating disorder kept me from going back to acting for years,” Demi revealed during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in April 2020. “But I finally came to a place with my body where I thought, ‘Why am I going to let this stop me when it’s just my shell?’ I stopped letting my weight control my life.”
She also noted that people in her orbit micromanaged her diet during those years. “I lived a life for the past six years that I felt like wasn’t my own because I struggled really hard with an eating disorder,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in March 2020. “Yes, that was my primary problem, and then it turned into other things. But, my life, I just felt was so — and I hate to use this word — but I felt like it was controlled.”
The songwriter had a nearly fatal drug overdose in July 2018, after which she completed a stint in rehab. She reflected on her sobriety and the hard work that kept her on the right path via Instagram in July 2020.
“Today is my miracle day,” Demi gushed at the time. “I’m so blessed to have one. It represents how the [doctors at Cedars-Sinai] saved my life. How my life has become something beyond my wildest dreams. Only two years after that terrible day, I’m engaged to the love of my life, and I can genuinely say I feel free of my demons. Each and every one.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see Demi’s amazing transformation over the years.
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