Demi Lovato Scolded for Confessing She Had Suicidal Thoughts

Road to recovery The Texas native revealed that her suicidal thoughts were triggered by bullying

"I had this fascination with death", the singer tells Dr. Phil, in a clip obtained by Entertainment Tonight. "I have experienced things that I've not talked about and that I don't know if I ever will talk about". But at 7, I knew that if I were to take my own life, that the pain would end.

While Lovato has sought help for depression, addictions to drugs and alcohol, an eating disorder and bipolar disorder, she said those suicidal thoughts have crept back into her mind during hard moments.

The "Sorry Not Sorry" hitmaker said: 'It came back several times - when I was struggling with depression, my bipolar disorder. "Because every time I cut, it got deeper and deeper".

She also said that people made fun of her for being on Barney.

Nowadays, thankfully, the Sorry Not Sorry singer has a handle on her mental health and recently celebrated six years of being sober.

The singer said she has learned to overcome her substance addiction and deal with her bipolar disorder, but her battle with bulimia remains a constant struggle. "My eating disorder started when I was very young", the 25-year-old said. "And I believe that a lot of that had to do with unresolved issues with my birth father that I hadn't dealt with yet". She called it "the last thing to go" on the list of things that she wants to get control of as it haunts her every day.

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Demi said things didn't get easier when she was bullied at the age of 12, which led her to seek unhealthy coping mechanisms.

"He passed away when I was 20". On Friday, the Grammy-nominated singer deviated from her Tell Me You Love Me Tour to stop in NY to lead a mental health discussion, called CAST on Tour. Patrick Martin Lovato died of cancer in 2013.

"This is the first tour that I've performed it on".

Watch a clip of Demi's sit down with Dr. Phil (below) to hear what she had to say. "I get through it OK".

Demi will talk about her other experiences on her journey to recovery on Tuesday's episode of Dr. Phil.

ET caught up with Lovato in March 2017, where she opened up about what motivates her to fight her vices and stay emotionally healthy. "To know that it wasn't fully his fault really was saddening to me", she added. "My addiction was very severe to where I had several scares, and I knew that at the rate I was using and drinking, I wasn't going to live a long life".


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