Demi Lovato in Cosmopolitan August 2013: God Gave Me A Voice, Not Just To Sing With

Demi Lovato in Cosmopolitan August 2013: God Gave Me A Voice, Not Just To Sing With

She”s dealt with the constant struggles of her childhood for the past few years, and now Demi Lovato revealed more details about the drama in the August 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

While striking a few gorgeous poses for the front page spread, the “Heart Attack” hitmaker opened up about battling bulimia and being suicidal at such a young age.

Check out GossipCenter”s recap of Miss Lovato”s interview below. For more, be sure to visit Cosmopolitan!

On overcoming bulimia and cutting:
“I”m not super religious, but I grew up Christian and I believe in God. When I”m in L.A., I don”t talk about it that much because people are very judgmental, but I just feel like God gave me a voice, not just to sing with. He put me through those things, which seemed horrible at the time, but they were so worth it. With the obstacles I”ve overcome, I can help people.”

On her “Warrior” lyrics:
“My family knows what it”s about. When I”m ready to open up that subject with the outside world, then I”ll be free to talk about it. But right now, it”s kind of one of those things where the lyrics speak for me. It”s all in the song.”

On the kind of star she”s aiming to be:
“When I look at someone who”s out there partying excessively or rappers rapping about doing drugs, who people look up to, and think, Oh that”s a G; that”s a gangster. I think, You”re actually being a giant p****. Sorry, but those rockers in the “80s were the furthest thing from rock stars. They were so insecure and so lonely that they had to do these things to get them through the day. If you”re spending your entire early 20s chasing the next party, what are you running away from That”s not a bad***. What”s a bad*** is when you can sit through your problems and feel emotions when you don”t want to have them. There have been nights where I”ve had to sit on my hands, because I want to act out, because I physically can”t sit still in the pain I”m dealing with, from looking back and being bullied or other things that happened. And now, as hard as it may be, I will do that. That”s what makes me a bada**. Being a bad*** is handling your s***.”

On her first gig on Barney & Friends:
At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling. Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid whos ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a childs heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it. Ive talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that Ive never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out.