Disney’s Demi Lovato Enters Treatment Center

NEW YORK (AP) – Demi Lovato, one of Disney’s biggest names, checked herself into a treatment center to deal with “emotional and physical issues,” her representatives said in a statement Monday night.

The statement did not specify the 18-year-old’s problems, but said Lovato checked herself into a facility to address the concerns.

A person familiar with the situation previously told The Associated Press that Lovato entered treatment for problems including an eating disorder and cutting herself. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly due to the sensitivity of the matter, later clarified the statement, saying Lovato had dealt with those issues in the past.

Lovato, who is star of Disney’s “Camp Rock” movies and the sitcom “Sonny With a Chance,” was on an international tour as a special guest of the Jonas Brothers, but left the tour over the weekend to enter an undisclosed facility, according to the statement.

“Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help,” the statement said. “She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time.”

In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Lovato, who has also released several records, said she had to leave middle school at one point because she was bullied so badly.

“It was more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that’s actually more scarring than anything,” she said. “And I had to leave because I just couldn’t deal with it. And I’ve home-schooled ever since.”

Lovato was linked earlier this year to Joe Jonas, her “Camp Rock” co-star, but the two later broke up and said they remained friends.

Her rep said Lovato regretted not finishing the tour but “is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.”

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  • Eddie

    Just another Disney Nut job .They have been turning them out a lot the past Few years…Shrek’s Next.LOL

  • oscar

    Been famous is danger when KIDS do not know how to manage it.
    and the parents are responsible for this issue as well big time.

    • Dan

      “Been famous is danger”? Lol… Please learn proper english before posting.

  • Dan


  • Chris

    She’s not “another Disney Nut job” after all she checked her self in to deal with the problems before they became an ever bigger issue. What ever it was for shes handling it maturely and doesn’t deserve to be bothered about it. That’s why many people don’t check in to those facilities because their thought to be ridiculed when the fact is there trying to help themselves get better which is hard if people only think and talk bad about them for it. Good luck Demi!

  • Chris

    Also being famous honestly has nothing to do with the matter if the issues started prior to her becoming big time.

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