Demi Lovato quits tour and goes into treatment for ’emotional & physical issues’

Singer/actress Demi Lovato, 18, isn’t really on my radar but I remember some stories that made her sound troubled. She isn’t your typical Disney teen star in that she’s rumored to be a cutter and dated Miley Cyrus’ older brother, bad boy Trace, when he was 20 and she was all of 16. She also went out with Joe Jonas for a few months, and they split up in the spring of this year. Lovato has been on tour opening up for the Jonas Brothers, which she just dropped out of to enter a “treatment center”. TMZ describes some kind of vague incident in which it sounds like Lovato fought with a female backup dancer.

Disney star Demi Lovato has bailed on an international concert tour with the Jonas Brothers — and has checked into a treatment center to seek help for “emotional and physical issues” … TMZ has confirmed through the singer’s rep.

In a statement to TMZ, the 18-year-old singer’s rep says, “Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time.”

We’re told Demi is not seeking treatment for drug use.

The statement continues, “Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that.”

The rep concludes, “[Demi] regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.”

Sources close to Lovato tell us the singer was in a physical altercation with a female member of her tour recently … which was a “catalyst” in her decision to seek professional help.

[From TMZ]

People Magazine confirms this news, and has the full statement from Demi’s rep along with a statement from a “source” who claims that Demi has battled eating disorders and cutting. The source (aka Demi’s rep off the record) says “She was bullied in school. She fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting. … Demi is taking control by getting help.”

I wonder what really happened and how bad the fight was in order to prompt Demi to stop touring and go into treatment. Was she burnt out emotionally and physically and/or did she attack this person? What happened exactly? I bet we’ll hear more about it soon, and I anticipate some kind of lawsuit to come out of it. Hopefully she’s ok and will be able to get the rest she needs. And hopefully she didn’t physically harm that other girl.

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  1. scotchy says:

    what does this girl actually do?

  2. alejandro says:

    Drugs, drugs, drugs. As somebody pointed out before TMZ changed the wording to please Demi’s handlers, rehab = addiction, cutting = behaviorial center.

  3. Vee says:

    Out of all the crop of young Disney manufactured pop stars, Demi is the best, imo. She’s got an incredible voice, and writes much of her own music. It saddens me when young, talented, gorgeous, rich stars start crumbling at an early age. I hope she can solve what’s going on and more forward productively.

  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Scotchy she is some sort of Disney starlett. She has show or something or she sings. I have no clue but her fans on Twitter, I guess I follow some were sad she was no longer on Twitter, so I guess we now all know why.

    Whatever her troubles her, I hope she gets better and maybe her struggles will help another teen someday if she chooses to share her story.

  5. brin says:

    Glad she is getting help, she is young & talented and has a good life ahead…Get well, Demi.

  6. bellyache says:

    Yeh, I’m inclined to agree with Vee there. She’s got an appeal, to me. I saw her on Grey’s and thought she was a terrific actress.

    And my, what unbelievably good skin. Tsk.

  7. Marjalane says:

    I’m guessing she was the answer to those blinds about the coked up Disney teen that was having sex with anyone who shared with her.

  8. Jax says:

    She has drug problem. there were plenty of BI’s about her out of control behaviour with sex, drugs and alcohol.

  9. nycmom10024 says:

    I really wish this kid well, my 10 year old loves her. She is not totally annoying to me as someone who has seen her in concert and watched her show with my daughter. Both Demi and Selena Gomaz really try and break out of that Disney mold, but I guess the almost guaranteed success is very hard to resist.

    She has spoken often about the bullying she edndured as a child as being the reason she was homeschooled.

    It sure make you think twice about letting talented children work in entertainment. It just sucks the life out of so many kids. Very sad.

  10. Oi says:

    Lots of rumors of a drugged up disney girl. She was always the best guess.

    Hope she can get it together sooner than later. Get well soon, Demi.

  11. Innocent says:

    She definetly has the best voice and writes her own songs and channels her emotions into them.However Selena sells better because her music is just more marketable.

  12. sapphire says:

    So scary what happens to these girls after Disney is done with them. I hope that early intervention will give her a better outcome.

  13. Kaye says:

    My 8 year old daughter likes her show. Demi is talented and beautiful, and I’m sure she has a lot of pressure on her. It seems like Disney enjoys working the hell out of their “stars.”

  14. Happymom says:

    It’s not just the Disney “machine”–it’s celebrity at an early age. I think this should really be a cautionary tale to all of those parents who try and push their children into this. Ugh. She’s a lovely girl-and I hope she’s able to get the help she needs.

  15. malachais says:

    I hope demi gets better. I have heard rumors about her being a cutter, but not any issues with eating disorders. I actually think she is really talented so I hope she can get the treatment she needs.

  16. LittleFATMe says:

    Remeber when all of Rachel Zoe’s peeps were rail thin and it was said that she was a stylist drug dealer who gave her clients Adderall?
    I think something must be up with the celeb tanners – like in the burnt amber color they have coke and in the neon orange color they have crack… ‘Cause these kids turn color like fall leaves and then crash and burn!

  17. John says:

    This is sad! I hope she is able to get the help she needs. This is such a tough business; I wouldn’t want my kid involved even with the money. My kid’s sanity and happiness is much more important.

  18. chris says:

    I hope she gets well soon.

  19. hottathanhollywatta says:

    Please it is soooo drug abuse…when they need to specify that it isn’t – it always is! As if publicists never lie

  20. Ferguson. says:

    I found out about this on twitter, cause I follow some of her fans and they were all like “Oh Demi! Get well soon!” and using the hashtag #prayfordemi. Anyway, I didnt exactly knew what had happened to her so I had to come in here cause I knew you would say something about it. I really hope this girl gets better; out of all the Disney stars, she’s the most talented.

  21. Bodhi says:

    Weren’t there loads of cutting rumors about her last year-ish? I seem to remember pictures that her rep dismissed as too tight bracelet marks

  22. Mizz Tickles says:

    Demi’s eyes look very hardened, she looks like she has seen alot.

  23. nycmom10024 says:

    The women on the View dicussed this as cutting and eating disorder and that she was in rehab for.

    The publicist apparently called in and the only par she wanted to amend was that Demi was in rehab, they wanted to state that she was in a medical treatment center.

    So sad. I think she has two other sisters that are actresses as well. The younger sister is on Desperate Housewives as Eva Longoria’s daughter.

  24. leelee says:

    I took my 9 year old the Camp Rock concert this summer – I was dreading it – but I have to say Demi blew me away – she is incredibly talented. But, her performance left me thinking “wow, so much pressure for someone her age”. After one of her songs one of the other dancers literally had to hold her up, and he had to fill in for her while she caught her breath… she was dancing her a## off and actually singing at the same time, not lipsynching… night after night, I would think that kind of exertion would be incredibly draining, and that you might need a little chemical pick me up to get through it.

  25. Stella9 says:

    I doubt it’s drugs or an eating disorder – she looks far too healthy. I think it’s cutting.

  26. Lola7 says:

    Can someone please explain what ” cutting” is?? I just cant imagine why someone would cut themselves???? I have a daughter myself and this scares the hell out of me. I would just die if my daughter ever did this to herself – and she doesn’t because I checked her! How can a child be so mentally disturbed???? OMG, my heart bleeds for this girl.

  27. Corina says:

    Lola, cutting is something that unfortunately lots of people do. From what I understand it is more common among teen girls, for a variety of reasons. The main motivation for cutting is usually to relieve emotional pain or stress by forcing physical pain.

    The blood can represent a sort of catharsis for the cutter. It can also be a form of self punishment wherein the cutter thinks they deserve the pain and inflict it upon themselves. Plus it doesn’t require any hard to get drugs or alcohol, so sometimes it is an outlet that teens turn to because they don’t know how else to deal with things. And, they can hide the scars or find discrete places to cut.

    It is horribly sad and obviously indicative of emotional and psychological problems. Plus it can cause physical problems if cutters share razors or other cutting instruments, or if their wounds get bacteria or infections in them. I have two little sisters and though I don’t think they are even aware of what cutting really is, it still scares the crap out of me.

    Also when I was in high school the Interview with a Vampire movie came out – and during that vampire craze a bunch of kids at my school were cutting one another’s wrists (not very deep, but enough to bleed) and drinking the blood. So I would imagine that with this wave of vampire trendiness there are some of those as well.

  28. Henriette says:

    Don’t even know who this is but hope she gets well and commend her for asking for help if she needed it!

  29. lucy2 says:

    That’s sad, she’s very young and it sounds like she has a lot of potential. Glad she’s getting the help she needs, hopefully there are people who care about her for herself and will help her.

  30. Who would have thought Demi would be a mess in rehab over Miley? It’s like Britney and Christina all over again…

    but with less tallent 😛

    Hope she gets well.

  31. The Bobster says:

    Demi who?

  32. David Stone says:

    I heard she cut her wrists up horribly after the last show and they had to get her immediate help. I hope she gets over this.

  33. dj says:

    Cutting is similar to eating disorders in that it is often about the persons’ attempt to gain control (vs. powerlessness).

  34. So Bored says:

    I like the way her hair looks in that top picture with the pink dress. Nice.

    With that said, I hope she gets through whatever the hell it is she is going through. It’s always sad to see somebody that young get destroyed by fame.

  35. Shannon says:

    If she’s been cutting and has an eating disorder, then she struggles with feeling in control of her life. Both of these problems are about controlling one’s body because that is the only thing the person feels that he or she CAN control.

    Cutting is a very serious problem. For people who do it habitually, it is incredibly risky because it’s very easy to cut too deep and hit an artery, especially if that person cuts elsewhere besides the wrists (and all of the cutters I know do – their stomach and thighs seem to be pretty popular because it’s easier to hide those spots with clothing).

    It’s good that she is getting help, and I hope that she is able to find a better outlet for her problems than self-harming. There are better ways to get out the emotions.

  36. Confuzzle says:

    She looks twice her age.

  37. gonzo says:

    she looks 40.

  38. Wicked SteppMom says:

    Wow, I didn’t know anything about these problems! I think she’s very talented-my daughter loves her tv show, and it’s actually pretty funny. I sincerely hope she gets the help she needs, and the break/rest she REALLY needs & deserves. There’s nothing worse than feeling like your life is spiraling out of control…

  39. elizabeth says:

    well lets not critisize a person when you dont know what they are going threw .if this is really true well than may god help her because no rexab or therapist are going to help her only god can like they say god does the healing and doctors take the fee.i hope she can get better and may god help her sincierly elizabeth god bless you

  40. elizabeth says:

    well lets not critisize a person when you dont know what they are going threw .if this is really true well than may god help her because no rexab or therapist are going to help her only god can like they say god does the healing and doctors take the fee.i hope she can get better and may god help her sincierly elizabeth god bless you

  41. CB Rawks says:

    She applies that makeup with a trowel. Yikes. But you can see it’s totally unnecessary.

  42. CB Rawks says:

    “god does the healing and doctors take the fee”

    Yeah, promise me you’ll test that theory by never taking a valuable hospital bed in the overcrowded healthcare system. Instead just go sit under a tree and wait it out.

  43. sharina cade says:

    This is crazy even if Demi Lovato have these types of eating disorders and if she is feeling some pain or grief from anywhere. She need someone to confide in, she need support and people who are her friends from disney of anywhere need to stand by her. PS. Here is something I don’t like TMZ blow Demi Lovato story out of proportion. Why don’t TMZ tell the truth and stop telling different conflicting stories.

  44. sharina cade says:

    I agree fully with your terms