Demi Lovato opened up about her struggles with eating disorders and self-esteem in her first interview in over a year.
I think its been a very introspective year for me. Ive learned a lot, been through a lot, Lovato, 27, said at the Teen Vogue Summitin Los Angeles over the weekend. The Confident singer confessed that shes still struggling at times to accept her body, an idea she said was much different from the concept of body positivity.
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We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I dont always feel positive about my body, she said.Sometimes I do not like what I see. I dont sit there and dwell on it. I also dont lie to myself, she said. I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say I love my body, youre beautifully and wonderfully made. But I didnt believe it. I dont have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is Im healthy. In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body. I am saying Im healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything.
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Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with bulimia,says she took the entire month of October off from the gym because she realized her relationship with exercise wasnt healthy.
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For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasnt ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme, she admitted. I think thats what led me down a darker path I was still engaging in these behaviors. Embracing my body as it is naturally is why I took the month of October off the gym.
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The former Disney star, whos a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, explained, What I see in the mirror [is] someone thats overcome a lot. Ive been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter. I dont see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way. I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. Thats what I see when I look in the mirror a strong woman.
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Lovato overcame a near-fatal drug overdose in July 2018, and while the world was largely supportive of the star, not everyone was so kind. Her battles with bipolar disorder, self-harm and other issues occasionally have made her a target for cruel online trolls and cyberbullying, and it hurther, she said.
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What people dont realize is Im an extremely sensitive person. When someone says something mean about me or makes a meme making fun of me, I have a good sense of humor. But when its a very serious subject it can be hurtful, she said.Even if you have an account thats like ImaDemiFan, thats the name, and you leave one comment that said You look like Lord Farquaad with that hair, Im like, Damn, that kind of sucks. Im so tired of pretending Im not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it.
As a result, Lovato said she actively has been trying to put less stock into social media and more into loving her own life.
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Over the past five years Ive learned life is not worth living unless youre living for yourself. If youre trying to be someone youre not, or youre trying to please other people, its not going to work out in the long run. If you want to dye your hair purple, dye your hair purple, she said. If you want to love someone of the same sex, love someone of the same sex. Be yourself and dont be afraid of what people think.B: