Fans of Deemi Lovato know that the young singer has struggled through a lot of issues over the course of her career and life. The singer started her career on "Barney and Friends" with Selena Gomez and then blossomed into one of the most talented pop stars of our time. Unfortunately, her fame has not subsided her other personal problems and she has since received treatment for cutting, eating disorders and depression. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine, Lovato opened up about these issues and even admitted to being suicidal at the young age of 7 years old.
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"At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling," the 20-year-old star said about her childhood television job. "Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who's ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child's heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it. Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was 7. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way... I've talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I've never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out."
When asked about the kind of music star she would like to and aims to be, Demi responded:
"When I look at someone who's out there partying excessively or rappers rapping about doing drugs, who people look up to, and think, 'Oh that's a G; that's a gangster.' I think, 'You're actually being a giant pussy.' Sorry, but those rockers in the '80s were the furthest thing from rock stars. They were so insecure and so lonely that they had to do these things to get them through the day. If you're spending your entire early 20s chasing the next party, what are you running away from? That's not a badass. What's a badass is when you can sit through your problems and feel emotions when you don't want to have them. There have been nights where I've had to sit on my hands, because I want to act out, because I physically can't sit still in the pain I'm dealing with, from looking back and being bullied or other things that happened. And now, as hard as it may be, I will do that. That's what makes me a badass. Being a badass is handling your s**t."
Read the rest of Demi's interview RIGHT HERE!
Also, check out some video footage of her cover shoot right here: