Demi Lovato has always been very open about her opinions, and isn’t one to sugarcoat the truth — particularly when it comes to exposing and exploring her own personal demons.
Lovato, who has battled disordered eating on and off for years, is trying to use her personal experiences and recovery as inspiration for her fans and followers.
Lovato recently shared side-by-side selfies to illustrate just how far she’s come in her post-eating disorder recovery period. One of her fans juxtaposed the before-and-after selfies, and Demi appreciated the message so much that she shared the image to Instagram story, adding the caption “Recovery is possible.”
Disordered eating is usually not an isolated phase, and Demi has been very candid about her long-term struggle with body-image and food consumption. In her documentary, Simply Complicated, Demi describes how she backslid into her disordered eating habits after her breakup with boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.
“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 says in the documentary.
“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.”
“I feel healthy, I feel happy,” Demi told Glamour in an interview from November 2016. “Back then I felt an emptiness inside of me, and I reached for so many things — a person, a substance, a behavior — to fill that void. And now there’s not a void anymore. The void is filled by me taking care of myself.”