Demi Lovato talks about bulimia, rehab and more in the new Cosmo on Campus.
Cosmo on Campus
Demi explains that her bulimia might have been avoided if there were celebrities who were honest about their bodies.
She noted, "I was about 12 or 13 when I developed my eating disorder, and at that time nobody in the public eye talked about their body issues. I feel that if someone had admitted they had a problem, then I wouldn't have gone down that route myself."
Despite her struggles, she wants to be that positive role model, explaining, "That's my goal in talking about my problems. I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength."
To support that, Demi wants to reinforce that it's okay to get help if you have problems: "It's OK to love your body the way it is and it's OK to reach out for help if you have drug and alcohol problems, or if you're self-harming or being bullied."
As for dating, Demi says she has a "strong personality," explaining, "I'm a southern Texas girl--I have a really strong personality. I speak my mind and I don't hold back...I'm the type of woman who doesn't put up with bullshit, so when I date I have to find someone who won't either."
She adds, "I don't think any woman should ever hold back what she's really thinking."