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'Demi Lovato: Stay Strong': Demi 'Hated' Being A Role Model For Children (VIDEO)


First Posted: 03/ 7/2012 7:26 am Updated: 03/ 7/2012 9:22 am

On "Demi Lovato: Stay Strong" (Tues., 10 p.m. EST on MTV) singer and actress Demi Lovato spoke extremely candidly about her insecurities and how she has struggled with being an unwilling role model for young girls.

Thrust into the spotlight at a very early age, Lovato said she started to feel fat and insecure at around the age of four.

As she became older and more famous she started to read "comments from strangers online, saying 'this girl looks horrible, she looks fat,'" which made her feel even more insecure and unhappy.

The "Camp Rock" star said of her time at the Disney Channel, "everyone just kind of made me a role model. I hated that. ... I was partying, I was self-medicating ... I was like, 'why would you want your kids to be like me?'"

The stress made Lovato feel guilty and ashamed, and she started to take it out on her body. "I harmed myself. It was my way of taking my own shame and my own guilt out on myself, and I was just depressed."

Referencing her "Stay Strong" tattoos, Lovato thanked her legions of loyal fans, the "Lovatics," who have stayed strong for her. As she remains on the road to recovery, Lovato said that they inspire her as much as she inspires them.

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