At that point in her life, Demi wasn’t even allowed to see her little sister, Madison. “I knew that I had a lot of life ahead of me but one of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mom and dad (said I couldn’t be around her) if I was doing stuff,” she explained.
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This isn’t the first time Demi’s been candid about her past. As Life Online reported, she recently opened up about her bipolar disorder. “I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it’s something that’s true—I am bipolar—but I don’t like people to use it as a label. It’s something I have, not who I am,” she said. The mental health advocate previously told Life Online that “it’s possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness they’re struggling with.”
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And she’s taken other celebs to task for flippant comments about eating disorders. When singer Meghan Trainor said she wasn’t “strong enough to have an eating disorder,” Demi tweeted in response, “having an eating disorder doesn’t show ‘strength’…It’s the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to [put] mental health care on the back burner to congress even though this is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation…”
Though she’s not a total open book—yet. Some things remain private. After she was spotted holding hands with another woman recently, she said she was refusing to label herself—but all would be explained on her YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated on Oct. 12.
All we know is that her strength to speak up is totally making a difference in so many women who see a bit of themselves in Demi.