Throughout her teenage years, Demi Lovato has opened up about her personal troubles with bulimia and cutting. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the 20-year-old musician reveals that her deep-seated issues, which included suicidal thoughts, started at a much earlier age.
Prior to becoming a Disney star, Demi had gotten one of her first roles at the age of 7 singing the theme song on Barney & Friends.
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“At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling. 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.”
While she was struggling, the “Heart Attack” singer still attributed the purple dinosaur to her perseverance.
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"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 lyrics to her song “Warrior,” where she sings “There’s a part of me I can’t get back/ A little girl grew up too fast/ All it took was once, I’ll never be the same/ Now I’m taking back my life today,” Demi chose to keep the details regarding this very personal song private.
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“My family knows what it’s about. When I’m ready to open up that subject with the outside world, then I’ll be free to talk about it," she said. "But right now, it’s kind of one of those things where the lyrics speak for me. It’s all in the song.”