Updated on Jul 10, 2020. Posted on Jul 8, 2020

    Demi Lovato Said She Left Disney Channel After Realising That Eating Disorders Were "Terrifyingly Normalized" In The TV Industry

    "I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, 'Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized.'"

    Demi Lovato just revealed that she chose to leave Disney Channel after checking out of rehab in 2010 and realising that eating disorders in the entertainment industry were "terrifyingly normalized".

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    In a brand-new interview with Bustle, Demi opened up about having an eating disorder before she became famous. However, when she broke into the industry, she realised that many other people were in the same boat.

    "I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, 'Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,'" Demi said, explaining that a stint in rehab made her want to address the struggles she'd witnessed.

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    "I came out of [rehab] with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people, or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel," Demi went on. "I was like that doesn't feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story."

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    She continued: "I had this, like, savior complex, where I thought, 'Oh, I made this pact with God when I was young' and now I have to save people."

    Later on in the interview, Demi added that she aspires to have a career "that has nothing to do with [her] body" and instead focuses on her music.

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    "I want [my career] to be about my music and my lyrics and my message," she said. "And I want a long-lasting career that I don't have to change myself for."

    She went on: "Music brought me so much joy when I was younger, and I lost that joy throughout the hustle and bustle of the music industry. I got miserable. And I don't ever want it to be like that again. That's what I want."

    Demi opened up about the effect of having an eating disorder earlier this year, claiming that her old management team "controlled" both her and her diet.

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    "If I was in my hotel room at night, they would take the phone out of the hotel room so that I couldn't call room service," Demi told Ellen DeGeneres. "Or if there was fruit in my room they would take it out because that's extra sugar. Like, we're not talking about brownies and cookies and candies and stuff like that. It's like, it was fruit."

    The "Cool for the Summer" singer revealed that things were so bad that she didn't even have a birthday cake over the years and instead settled for a watermelon replacement.

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    "For many years, I didn't even have a birthday cake," she said. "I had a watermelon cake, where you cut your watermelon into the shape of a cake and then you put fat-free whipped cream on top."

    She added: "For years I did that, and it kind of became this ongoing joke, but I just really wanted birthday cake."

    However, Demi went on to reveal that her new management team, led by Scooter Braun, had helped the singer celebrate her 27th birthday with the cake she'd always wanted.

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    Demi said: "I just remember crying because I was finally eating cake with a manager that didn't need anything from me, and that loved me for who I am, and supported my journey."

    You can read Demi's full interview with Bustle here. BuzzFeed News have reached out to reps of Disney Channel for comment.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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