Demi Before Rehab: "I Never Wanted [My Sister] to Follow..."

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Demi Lovato sat down to chat with us about her new book, "Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year" and how it feels to be an inspiration to other people. Have we mentioned that Demi Lovato is a sweetheart? More than a thousand times?

We got to hang with Demi after X Factor's elimination show last night, and she personally gave all of us in the press room a copy of her new book, "Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year."

"There's one for each of you!" Demi said as she sat down and handed them out.

Demi is a lot of things in our book (a singer, an actress, a philanthropist), but we weren't expecting her to pen her own so soon. "It feels amazing because I've always been the type of person that wanted to do everything," she told us. "I want to direct, I want to produce, and I want to create shows." (She'll also be adding co-hosting to her resume pretty soon when she goes to The View next week for five episodes!) With much success in being a singer, an actress and now an author, "I couldn't be more proud of myself actually," the 21-year-old said. "I don't think people say that enough."

After pausing to take a quick bite of her small salad, Demi apologized, "I'm sorry. I haven't eaten dinner," and then quickly corrected herself. "Not that this is dinner! I eat a healthy proportion--I got to clear this s*** up."

Demi, who has been very open about her struggle with an eating disorder, is finally comfortable being perceived an inspiration to others. "I was called a role model the second that I made it in the industry," she said, "and I never felt like one until I started doing the work, started making decisions that I wanted my little sister to be okay with. I never wanted her following in my footsteps by anything that I was doing." Except for one thing: "Maybe changing her hair color because it looks really rad on her! She had purple hair this last summer."

After making changes for the better, "I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do in this world," said Demi. "If it's changing one person's life or just making somebody happy, it ends your day off really well." And that's exactly what her new book is all about. "Try to inspire people and make the world a better place," she said. "Try to help people find their happiness because ultimately happiness is a choice and we all have to stay strong."

Without the detour [into rehab and self-improvement] that Demi took, "I feel like I definitely wouldn't have this book," she said. "I wouldn't even be sitting here today. I wouldn't be alive. That's the harsh reality of it. It's not that I wouldn't have a book or I wouldn't be a judge on a TV show--I wouldn't be alive. At one point nobody thought that I was going to make it, but here I am standing here today. Not only as a judge, but breathing and I have a heartbeat. That's what I'm thankful for."

Don't forget to grab your copy of "Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year" on November 19.

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