Recovery is possible. That’s what Demi Lovato wants her fans to know about struggling with an eating disorder. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer recently uploaded a fan-made before and after photo showing just how thin she became while battling bulimia. Demi hasn’t shied away from talking about her struggles with eating disorders and addiction — she got candid about she stays strong in her new documentary, Simply Complicated.
We’re so proud of the 25-year-old star for having the bravery to be real with her fans. Watch the video below to see Demi’s drastic transformation.
We love to see that Demi has found a way to keep her mind and body healthy. But, she also admitted that she does have slip-ups sometimes. After her breakup with her boyfriend of six years, Wilmer Valderrama, she turned to binge eating food.
“When I was in a relationship with Wilmer I went three years without purging and when we broke up that’s one of the first things I did,” she explained. “The less I have to think about food, the easier it is to go about having a normal life and I don’t want to let anybody down so when I do have moments when I slip up, I feel very ashamed. What started the relapse was missing Wilmer. And when I feel lonely my heart feels hungry and I end up binging.”
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She revealed that her issues with food aren’t anything new. In fact, they began at an early age. “I would bake cookies for my family and I would eat all of them and nobody would have any to eat. That was my first memory of food being that medicine for me,” she added. “Food is still the biggest challenge in my life and it controls — I don’t want to give it the power to say it controls my every thought, but it’s something that I’m constantly thinking about.”
And even though she’s in recovery, bulimia is still a constant battle for her and she has to work on not abusing food. “Body image, what I’m going to eat next, what I wish I could be eating, what I wish I didn’t eat,” she said. “It’s just constant. Like I get envious toward people that don’t struggle with an eating disorder just because I feel like my life would be so much easier.”