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It's an extraordinary thing to be in the public spotlight for your beauty, talent and charm. But it's extraordinarily awful when that same spotlight reveals your embarrassments and inner struggles. Demi Lovato has now experienced both sides of this phenomenon -- by choice.
In her MTV documentary Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, which aired Tuesday night, the 19-year-old singer and actress gave fans a heartbreakingly honest look at her personal battles with bulimia and cutting. The Sonny with a Chance star, who has been on TV since age 7 (when she starred in two seasons of Barney & Friends), decided to come clean about the emotional and physical struggles she has been going through since her tweens in hopes that she could connect in a deeper level with her fans. Watch the first nine minutes of the documentary here, where Lovato talks about how her life spun "out of control":
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"I just remember being 12, 13 and going through these issues alone," she told SuChin Pak, the MTV correspondent who interviewed her in front of a live audience for the documentary. "I didn't really have a celebrity or anybody in the public eye to look at and say well, 'if she got through this, then so can I.'"
She may be back to work, but Lovato admits to still being a work in progress. "I cannot tell you that I have not thrown up since treatment," the singer told Pak during Tuesday's airing. "I can not tell you that I have not cut myself since treatment. I'm not perfect. This is a daily battle that I will face the rest of my life."