What happened to Demi Lovato? She’s gone blond and no longer the innocent looking Disney star of “That’s So Random.” She’s all grown up and her come back after struggling with drug and self-esteem issues is impressive. Lovato is going strong and is becoming quite a role model for those battling addictions.
Lovato, now 19, was just named the host for the Teen Choice Awards 2012. Her guests are equally famous Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Lea Michele and Taylor Swift as well as performances by No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Lovato is an accomplished actress, song writer, singer and recent XFactor judge. Her single, “Skyscraper,” off of her most recent album, “Unbroken,” recently went platinum. Lovato’s video for “Skyscraper” has 10 million YouTube views and still going strong.
Lovato began her career at the age of seven as a child actor on the children’s show, “Barney.” She was featured regularly with her good friend, Selena Gomez who also had a role on the show.
On the “Ellen Show,” Lovato revealed that she had been bullied in seventh grade and later on the “Today show” explained how bullying caused her to have an unhealthy relationship with food. At age 11, Lovato says she began cutting to deal with depression issues and later started using drugs. While doing an interview with “Fabulous Magazine UK,” she shared that she had been called by her peers, “a whore and told me I was fat and ugly. I shouldn’t have listened, but I took it to heart and it hurt. I thought maybe I didn’t have friends because I was too fat,” she recalls. That’s when she started forcing herself to throw up after eating to try to shed weight. After getting treatment for her issues, Lovato later became a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER.
What a comeback. You go Demi!