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For the first time since entering rehab last fall, Demi Lovato is opening up about the problems that led her to seek treatment in the first place.
The Disney starlet, whose rep had previously said she was getting help for “emotional and physical issues,” revealed in the May issue of Seventeen that she had been struggling with cutting, an eating disorder and depression for years.
But Lovato’s troubles came to a head in October, when she punched Alex Welch, a dancer on her international tour with the Jonas Brothers.
“Lashing out was my cry for help,” the 18-year-old told Seventeen. “Wow, who was I to do that? I’m very ashamed. I wasn’t in the right state of mind at all.”
Lovato “basically had a nervous breakdown,” she said.
“I was really bad off,” she admitted. “My parents and my manager pulled me aside and said, ‘You need to get some help.’”
“It was an intervention,” she continued. “I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over.”
Many of Lovato’s insecurities had been worsened by her desire to exceed expectations. She told the magazine she once passed out backstage during a concert, but continued to perform after regaining consciousness.
“I didn’t want anyone to be able to say that there was someone else working harder than I was,” she said.
And, in perhaps a vague reference to her failed romance with Joe Jonas, Lovato said she didn’t feel she deserved “to be loved by someone.”
“You aren’t worthy enough,” she would tell herself.
Lovato also went to great lengths to keep her problems a secret.
“There were times when I thought, I don’t know if I actually want help because my eating disorders are my best friend,” she recalled. “Looking back on it, I just want to cradle my old self up and hold her and tell her that it doesn’t have to be this way.”
Intense counseling in rehab helped Lovato look at herself differently.
“One of the reasons I was so unhappy for years was because I never embraced my emotions and I was trying to stay in control,” she explained. “In treatment, all of the negative things I did were stripped away and I had to start processing my feelings.”
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Miley Cyrus says she feels more at ease heading out on an international tour now that things are fine on the home front.
Earlier this year, her parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, were getting a divorce, and her father was critical of his daughter’s behavior. But the Cyruses recently called of their divorce and the family is spending time together.
“I think it’s good, especially when you go on the road. You have to make sure everyone is happy before you start traveling, you’re away. My family is good. They are stoked for tour. As long as I’m happy they are happy,” Cyrus said in an interview on Thursday.
The former “Hannah Montana” star is leaving for South America and Australia on April 27 for her Gypsy Heart Tour. It will be the first time Cyrus, whose most recent album is titled “Can’t Be Tamed,” has gone to South America, and she’s excited — even though she won’t be able to communicate with her fans in their language.
“I speak zero Spanish. I actually failed Spanish so I will have someone with me making sure I can get through my way,” she said.
She recently released one of the album’s songs, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” in Australia, and said she’s excited to sing the Poison cover (which featured Bret Michaels) there live.
But she won’t be releasing that song in the United States, and right now, she has no plans to tour in her native country either.
“I just think right now America has gotten to a place where I don’t know if they want me to tour or not. Right now I just want to go to the places where I am getting the most love and Australia and South America have done that for me,” she said. “Kind of going to the places where I get the most love. Don’t want to go anywhere where I don’t feel completely comfortable with it.”
ALSO, Behind the scenes pic of Miley at tour rehearsals. Miley’s keyboard player, Mike Schmid (@mikeschmid) tweeted this pic saying, “Miley interviews Stacy for MTV during rehearsal. And you thought we were working hard…”
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THEY’RE just two siblings playing Nirvana covers in their parents’ garage at high volume. The only difference is it’s Miley Cyrus and her brother Trace, singer in Metro Station.
“Heart Shaped Box is my favourite Nirvana song,” Miley says. Yes, really.
“It is,” she insists. “I sing it all the time in our garage. Mom has turned the garage into such a cool place. I want to be a photographer, so we put in lights for me to do my photography. And my brother plays guitar there. It’s fun.”
Miley Cyrus wants to bring some of her garage fun to the arenas for her Gypsy Heart tour — the first time she’ll perform in Australia and a tour all about the music.
“I have to do stuff for me,” Cyrus says. “I didn’t get to do that on my last tour, it was all about how many costume changes we could do. I want to show people I am more than just what they see on TV. It’s really personal.”
That involves Cyrus doing a swag of covers. The title Gypsy Heart would suggest she’s a Fleetwood Mac fan.
“Dang!” Cyrus says in her Southern drawl. “I love Stevie (Nicks). And Joan Jett. I’m doing covers of them. There’s songs people won’t expect.”
File Heart Shaped Box and its lyrics about meat-eating orchids, umbilical nooses and cancer-consumption under that category. Cyrus is also a whizz at Smells Like Teen Spirit.
“I have a bunch of Nirvana songs I can do,” she says.
“My band is freaking out. They have to learn every song by every artist I like because they never know what song I’ll throw at them. This tour might be a mess but it’ll be fun.”
It won’t be all bohemia and grunge covers; Cyrus will be playing the hits that made her famous — See You Again, 7 Things, The Climb and Party in the USA among them.
“I can play anything off any of my solo records,” she says. “There might be kids who don’t know Nirvana. I hope they do. There could be complete silence after I play Teen Spirit and I’ll just hear people saying, ‘We want to hear Party in the USA!’ “
Cyrus is used to everyone wanting something different from her.
Her career exploded as the split personality (school girl and pop star) on Hannah Montana, the 2006 show that made her rich and Disney even richer.
Her family relocated from Nashville to Hollywood where the show was filmed; Cyrus’s father Billy Ray also got a role on the TV hit. He was previously best known for unavoidable No.1 Achy Breaky Heart and an almighty mullet.
Billy Ray made headlines earlier this year when he slated the show — which ended last year — in GQ magazine.
“The damn show destroyed my family,” the country singer said. “Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”
His daughter wants to set the record straight.
“My dad still loves that show. They only pick and choose what will sell, not necessarily what people want to hear. That’s unfair to my dad and also to fans who think we’re ungrateful for it. We loved doing that show.
“But it’s also hard when you have to move a family of five kids from a small town to a big city, that’d take its toll on anybody, especially my mum.
“Mums are the ones that do it, they do the move, get kids in schools, it’s a hard trot, so of course everyone’s exhausted but we all embraced that show.
“It’s five years since I auditioned — it feels like a lifetime ago. I’ve changed a lot. I’ve gone from being a student and cheerleader in a normal school in Nashville to what I do now in just a few years.”
Cyrus is no stranger to being scrutinised; but most teenagers turn 18 without websites counting down to the precise second.
One tabloid asked if Cyrus could survive the “Disney death sentence” of turning 18.
“I’ve done OK,” Miley says. “I’m still alive. It’s all good. I’m not in jail.
“Everyone freaks out — ‘Oh God, she’s an adult now’ — but I’ve been working like an adult my whole life. People just look at the bad. They don’t look at the time and effort I’ve put into my job and how much I’ve gotten done. They look at it as a bad thing I’m an adult, which is silly.”
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Demi Lovato is joining Seventeen as a Contributing Editor. She’s here to talk to you about her personal struggles with the pressure to be perfect, and what you can do if you’re going through the same thing.
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