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Demi Lovato quits 'Sonny with a Chance,' talks about cutting and eating disorders



tbd-demilovato042011.jpgTroubled starlet and singer Demi Lovato has decided to call it quits with the Disney Channel, announcing that she's not going to return to her show Sonny with a Chance after her treatment for emotional issues. Careful, Demi, we have yet to see if that works out for Miley Cyrus.

"It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music," the 18-year-old tells People. "It's kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn't be a better time for me to move on." Lovato in January checked out of a three-month stint in rehab for emotional problems that spun out of control when she allegedly got in a fistfight with a dancer on her tour with the Jonas Bros. in October.

"I don't think going back to Sonny would be healthy for my recovery," she said. "Being in front of a camera would make me nervous."

What does she have to be nervous about? According to an interview on ABC's 20/20, she's been working through bulimia, then near-anorexia and then self-mutilation as a result of poor self-image.

"I've spoken openly about being bullied throughout the past few years, but one thing that I've never been able to feel comfortable talking about was the effects that it had on my life, afterwards," she said. "I literally didn't know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, 'Well, you're fat.'"

She said she started compulsively overeating at 8 years old, then started cutting her own wrists at 11.

"It was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body," she told Roberts. "I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn't know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself."

For their part, the Disney Channel has been supportive of the decision, releasing a statement that read "We respect Demi's decision to focus fulltime on her music and not immediately return to her acting career." That's nice of them, since they're likely the ones who messed her up in the first place. You may as well hang a sign around their necks that reads "Please don't sue."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:09pm]


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