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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Disney star Demi Lovato enters rehab

By Liz Kelly

Update: A "painful history of being bullied" led to Demi Lovato's voluntary admission into rehab, reports TMZ. A source tells the site that Lovato's issues started in middle school, where she felt she was a target because of her acting career.

Lovato herself recently opened up about her experiences as a victim of teen bullying.

"People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that's not true," she wrote on PACER's "Teens Against Bulling" Web site. Lovato was part of the site's October campaign against cyberbullying.



Demi Lovato on the cover of her 2009 album "Here We Go Again." (AP)

Teen star Demi Lovato has checked into a treatment center to seek help for "emotional and physical issues," reports the Associated Press.

The 18-year-old Disney star had been touring with the Jonas Brothers when she abruptly left the tour. Lovato ended a relationship with Joe Jonas in May. Over the weekend, she also deleted her Twitter account without explanation.

Lovato's rep released this statement:

"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. Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that. [Demi] regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future."

According to TMZ, Lovato is not seeking treatment for drug use. A source close to Lovato's family reportedly told People that Lovato was, "bullied in school. She fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting. ... Demi is taking control by getting help."

Sources: The Associated Press, TMZ, People

Originally posted at 8:02 a.m. ET

By Liz Kelly  | November 2, 2010; 1:06 PM ET
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I'm thinking deleting your Twitter account is more a sign of emotional health, than problems. Let's just hope she didn't check into Michael Lohan's rehab facility.

Posted by: reddragon1 | November 2, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Why anyone allows their child to be subjected to the entertainment industry is beyond me. I hope she gets better.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 2, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm blown away. Demi was the most goody-goody of the current Disney princesses. I surely thought Miley was next in line to end up like Lindsey Lohan.

Posted by: buffysummers | November 2, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Forgetthis is right. These kids are under so much pressure.. it's not healthy.

Posted by: Guest1234 | November 2, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Her face is plastered all over the news with the words "rehab" under it.I think saying she is in "rehab" is misleading- it makes it sound like she has a drug/alcohol problem, but in reality it sounds like she's in an inpatient treatment center- maybe for eating disorders or just a psychiatric treatment center.

Posted by: rachfiles | November 2, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

You have to wonder what the hell Disney is doing to these girls.

Perhaps the parents of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint should give classes on how to guide your children through a semi-normal childhood so they are stable adults.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I hope her health improves. It's a tough business, no doubt.

Hillary Duff just gave an interview to Health magazine talking about the insane scrutiny of her weight during her teen years, and how she's largely blocked out those years. Did not sound like fun.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Hope she finds her footing and gets well and happy in her life. She's just a kid, afetr all.

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I think every child & parent should visit A Minor Consideration before they plan on getting into show biz.

Posted by: wadejg | November 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the parents of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint should give classes on how to guide your children through a semi-normal childhood so they are stable adults.

Second the motion. Likewise, with the recent death of Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver), it's been commented upon again how well the child actors on "Leave It To Beaver" turned out in adulthood, that the show runners and adult actors treated the kids well, and their mothers were always on the set to supervise and keep them grounded in reality.

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