Demi Lovato, one of Disney’s biggest stars, checked herself into treatment center to deal with an eating disorder and cutting herself, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.
“The 18-year-old Lovato checked herself into a facility to address the concerns, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly due to the sensitivity of the matter.”
“Lovato, who is star of Disney’s “Camp Rock” movies and the sitcom “Sonny With a Chance,” was on an international tour as a special guest of the Jonas Brothers, but left the tour over the weekend to enter an undisclosed facility, according to statement released by her representative Monday night.”
” ‘Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help,” the statement said. “She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time.’ ”
“The statement did not specify Lovato’s problems.”
“In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Lovato, who has also released several records, said she had to leave middle school at one point because she was bullied so badly.”
” ‘It was more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that’s actually more scarring than anything,’ she said. ‘And I had to leave because I just couldn’t deal with it. And I’ve home-schooled ever since.’ ”
“Lovato was linked earlier this year to Joe Jonas, her “Camp Rock” co-star, but the two later broke up and said they remained friends.”
“Her rep said Lovato regretted not finishing the tour but ‘is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.’ “
I saw this item after my 9-year old went to bed. She LOVES Demi Lovato and in fact dressed up as her for Halloween. As I am writing this I am trying to decide what (and if) to tell my daughter about this story.
I hate to tell her in the morning before school but I don’t want classmates to tell her first. And how much do you tell a 9-year-old? Do you talk about eating disorders? Do you say she might be hurting herself? Cutting seems pretty raw for a 9-year-old to handle. I also don’t want to put any bad ideas in her head – suggest things she’s never even considered. I hope Demi gets better soon!
So what do we tell our kids/tweens who love Demi Lovato? Would you be worried about kids telling them at school before you have the chance? How much detail do you get into?