Demi Lovato: I cut myself because I felt 'almost like I was crawling out of my skin'

By Gina DiFalco,

Demi Lovato has been very honest and open with her struggle with an eating disorder and cutting herself, which she treated in a 2010 rehab stint, and now she’s opening up about what made her cut.

She appears on the cover of Self magazine’s August issue, and explained her issues with cutting and how she’s back on track to a healthy lifestyle now.

“There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin — that if I didn't do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode," she admitted about her struggle. "I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn't care what happened. I had no fear."

MTV News reports that although Lovato is busy as a new judge on X Factor, she also makes herself a priority.

"I make time for myself and meditate," she said. "And I haven't used my cell in three months! Subconsciously, it was a crutch. When a room gets quiet, what do you do? Grab your phone! Now I can sit and have conversations with people."

“You can choose to work toward happiness or not," she went on to explain. "I used to expect it to come to me, but it takes more than seeing a therapist once a week.”

Lovato also explained that although she’s in a much better place, she does have to work hard at it.

“I've spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder,” she said. “Unlike a person who doesn't have these problems, I have to work on this stuff every day," she added. "I'm reminded of that whenever I eat or feel down."

image courtesy of Self



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