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Disney star Demi Lovato is seeking out professional help. According to her rep, the 18-year-old dropped out of the Jonas Brothers tour (which is currently in South America) over the weekend to check into a treatment center for "emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time."
A rep for the singer-actress -- who's best known for her roles in the Disney series Sonny with a Chance and the Camp Rock movies -- confirmed the news to People but wouldn't specify what exactly her issues are. "Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help," the rep said. "She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media please respect their privacy during this difficult time. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future."
However, a source close to the Lovato clan shared their take on her troubles with People. "She was bullied in school," the source said. "She fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting… Demi is taking control by getting help."
The source claims that Lovato decided to enter rehab after having a fight with a dancer on tour. Another insider tells People that she "doesn't have that same kind of love for life that she at one point had" and that she's struggled with her weight for years -- even as young as age 12.
"She definitely had body-image issues," the insider says. "She was always conscious of her weight."
Just last month, in response to the tragic trend of suicides amongst gay teens, Lovato even took part in the PACER Center's "Teens Against Bullying" campaign. "I actually used all of the bullying as a motivation to succeed," she said at the time. "I think I have actually become a stronger person because of it. But I know that many kids and teens do not have all of the support and outlets I have, and that's why I want to do something about bullying. I want to make it stop."
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