Demi Lovato admits she had an eating disorder relapse this past summer

It doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity, royalty, or just your average Joe — it’s hard to talk about mental health, addiction, and eating disorders. But when you’re a celebrity, the stakes can be even higher, because not only do you have to figure out your own problems, but you have to do so while thousands (or even millions) of fans watch.

Demi Lovato just released her documentary, Simply Complicated, and in it, she talks about her journey toward health and sobriety. In the documentary, we also find out that Demi had an eating disorder relapse last summer, after her breakup from Wilmer Valderrama, and we just want to say: We are here for your bravery and honesty, Demi.

In Simply Complicated, Demi gets real about her experiences, specifically when it comes to her disordered eating and how she started to binge and purge again after her breakup.

For Demi, this is directly related to feelings of loneliness. According to Seventeen, Demi says,

"When we broke up, [binging and purging was] one of the first things I did. When I feel lonely, my heart feels hungry and then I end up binging and I don't know how to figure out how to be alone."

She explains that Wilmer was a rock for her during their relationship, and while they were together, she never binged or purged. But once the two decided to just be friends, she felt like binging and purging were the only things she could do to cure her loneliness. Thankfully, even though the breakup was hard for her, Demi knows she did it for the right reasons. She says, “There are issues that I haven’t conquered yet that I know I won’t conquer if I’m relying on somebody else to take care of the loneliness. I just wasn’t ready and there was so much in my life that I hadn’t explored yet.”

It’s not easy talking about mental illness, no matter how famous you are.

We know it couldn’t have been easy for Demi, especially since she was being honest and vulnerable in front of a camera. We’re thankful that she shared her story, and we hope she continues to get the help she needs to stay happy and healthy.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder ,you can call The National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 or The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 800-662-HELP (4357) for help. You are not alone.

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