Demi Lovato, 18, recently left her tour with the Jonas Brothers and entered a rehab facility to reportedly take care of ongoing emotional and physical issues.
According to a spokesperson close to the family, Lovato “left the tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time,” as reported by MSNBC.
It is not believed that any of these issues deal with drugs or alcohol, but rather to deal with a history of emotional problems, eating disorders and cutting. The spokesperson for the family also says that “Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help.”
Lovato is best known for her roles on Camp Rock, a Disney Channel musical; Sonny with a Chance, a TV show on the Disney Channel; and as a rising pop star on tour with The Jonas Brothers.
Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is a former boyfriend of Lovato’s. Apparently, they ended their relationship just before going on tour. It is suspected that traveling with her ex-boyfriend and the fact that Joe has a new girlfriend who he reportedly brings along with on the tour may be feeding into some of the ongoing emotional problems Lovato is trying to deal with.
The family states that any issues Demi is getting help for predate her connection with Joe Jonas and her tour with The Jonas Brothers. But health experts on the Today Show state that it certainly doesn’t help:
“Celebrity children’s lives are much more stressful than that age group is equipped to deal with.”
Today Show experts also say that when there is already a history of emotional issues and cutting, being in a position where you are close and working with an ex-boyfriend certainly can trigger more eating and cutting symptoms.
As a parent with daughters who are fans of Demi Lovato, I am saddened to see her have to go through such a hard time in her life, especially in such a public way. But I also have a deep respect for her and those behind her in that she is willing to take steps to get the help she needs. It is hard for anyone to have to admit that they need help, and I can only imagine how much more magnified it is to admit it when you are a celebrity. Often the suicide rate will go up among young people who do not get help when they have emotional issues, eating disorders and cutting.
As a concerned parent who wants to be aware that these issues are real, I will use this as an opportunity to talk to my own girls about being understanding, that things on the inside are not always how they appear on the outside, and as a way to keep the door open for communication between us.
Source: The Today Show: “Teen Star Lovato Enters Rehab”: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39959716/ns/39953854