Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Demi Lovato Speaks about Life and Mental Illness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Demi Lovato Speaks about Life and Mental Illness

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -

When singer Demi Lovato clashes with fellow judge, Simon Cowell, on "The X-Factor," she's never intimidated. Ms. Lovato has a far more formidable ally in her corner.

She harbors a strong belief in God, she says, seated on a chenille couch in the business center of a hotel.

In spite of her prestigious awards, Billboard-cresting hits and massive popularity, Ms. Lovato has had her own cross to bear.

Three years ago she went into rehab for an eating disorder and what she calls "self-harming problems." While she was there she discovered she also suffers from bipolar disorder.

"Every time something happens and I want to throw in the towel and give up or go back to my old ways -my destructive behaviors - even if I don't want to believe in God, He shows himself to me," she says.

"I'm blessed that I can see it. But there have definitely been times when I'm mad and don't want to see it, and then He's just, 'Hey, you can't ignore me. I'm here.' And there are too many signs. And I'm, like, 'OK, I trust you. Just help me get through it.' And then I get through it. And I'm sitting here today -no matter what happens, I always trust in Him. And I'm good," she smiles.

Ms. Lovato began performing when she was just a tyke. "I first went on stage when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It was a talent show in my school but I remember being in the audience and performing for those people and even though some of them were just my friends and it wasn't a concert of anything like that, I still loved being up there and performing, even just for my family."

An astute mentor on Fox's "The X-Factor," which returns for its third season tonight, Ms. Lovato's also an actress, songwriter and director. She'll re-boot her acting skills in several episodes of "Glee" when it returns to the network this fall.

"I had my first job when I was 8 years old on 'Barney & Friends,'" she recalls. "And back then I was stepping into an environment where I didn't know anybody."

"Instead of going to school with 150 kids, it was going to work with 150 adults and 10 other kids, so I had to get used to that. …

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