Disney star Demi Lovato enters rehab
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.
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."
Originally posted at 8:02 a.m. ET
| November 2, 2010; 1:06 PM ET
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