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At 18, Demi was admitted into treatment for issues including anorexia, bulimia, cutting and depression. Under doctor care, she was also diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Now 19, Demi has been very vocal about her personal struggles in a bid to help other troubled teens. But until an interview in the latest episode of Seventeen magazine, Lovato has never confirmed rumors that she was abusing drugs and alcohol as well.
"I'm not gonna lie. I was self-medicating. I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain," Lovato admitted. "[But now] I don't drink, I don't do drugs, I don't throw up after my meals, I don't starve myself. There's nothing that I do that I feel ashamed of," the singer insisted.
Demi credits two of her fellow former Disney child stars with helping her though the tough time in her life. "There were two people [there for me]. No matter how many times we fight, we will always be in each others' lives. [Miley and I] are very strong-headed, so when we fight, it's brutal and we're like, 'We're never going to be friends again!' Then two days later, we're like, 'I love you and I miss you!'" Demi explained of her tempestuous bond with Miley Cyrus, 19.
Demi also named Selena Gomez among her closest BFFs. "Selena Gomez and I, we never fight. She's not a confrontational person at all. Both of them will never leave my life no matter what happens, because we've been through so much together."