Demi Lovato opened up about her struggles with eating disorders and self-esteem in her first interview in over a year. It was at the Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles over the weekend. She confessed that she’s still struggling at times to accept her body, an idea she said was much different from the concept of body positivity.
“We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body. Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself. I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say ‘I love my body, you’re beautifully and wonderfully made.’ But I didn’t believe it. I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is ‘I’m healthy.'”
Demi Lovato made her first major interview after 16 months at #TeenVogueSummit
“It’s been a very introspective year for me. I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot.” pic.twitter.com/bSSxlCH9XZ
— Demi Lovato France (@FR_DemiLovato) November 3, 2019
Demi says she took the entire month of October off from the gym because she realized her relationship with exercise wasn’t healthy. “For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme,” she admitted. “I think that’s 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.”
“I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. That’s one thing I won’t do anymore. Like when you say stuff, it affects me. I am human. I try not to look, but I see it. So like, go easy on us, we are human.”-#DemiLovato at the 2019 #TeenVogueSummit (video credit: @HeyImDion) pic.twitter.com/XKl3sUIu1C
— guardiansofdemi (@guardiansofdemi) November 3, 2019