In a new interview on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast, Demi Lovato shared how her management team mismanaged her eating disorder and caused her further harm.
Lovato spoke about the damage done when a new person joined her management team. She did not name this person, but said that after they began working with her life became much more controlled. Lovato said that a sober companion helped her stay clean at first from drugs, but ultimately the arrangement lasted too long. Control placed over her food consumption eventually led to Lovato relapsing into bulimia.
Some of the measures taken to control Lovato were keeping snacks out of her hotel rooms and removing phones so she could not call room service. Lovato says one night she snuck out and binged and purged. She eventually told her team what had happened. The way they responded was to “put furniture outside of my door so that I couldn’t get out, sneak out, and eat if I wanted to.”
Lovato added that her eating disorder was so bad at one point that she was throwing up blood. She told the unnamed person on her team that she needed help. “This was in, like, 2017, and this person looked at me and said, ‘You’re not sick enough,'” she recalled. “And I think that was his way of saying, ‘No, you’re not going back to treatment, because if you do, this will look bad on me.’ And so I didn’t, I didn’t go back into treatment. And less than a year later, I ended up overdosing.”
Lovato also spoke about how she began “experimenting” with drugs at around 12 or 13 years old following a car accident and prescription of opiates. “My mom didn’t think she would have to lock up the opiates from her 13-year-old daughter but I was already drinking at that point,” Lovato said. “I had been bullied and was looking for an escape. And when my mom saw how many of the pills had disappeared, and how fast they did, she took them away and locked them up.”
Lovato recently released a new album, Holy F*ck.
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