Devi Lovato is opening up about her childhood as a Disney Channel star and the battles with eating disorders that she says were enabled by her management team and upheld by the television industry.
In a new tell-all interview with Bustle, Lovato revealed the real reason why she decided not to return to star in the Disney series “Sonny With a Chance” after a 2010 altercation with a backup dancer spurred her to leave the show and undergo her first stint in rehab.
“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,” Lovato said of the television industry.
“When I went to treatment in 2010, I came out of the experience with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people, or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel,” she continued. “And I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”
Reps for Disney Channel did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Lovato has a history of being very open about sharing her experiences with substance abuse, which lead to a 2018 opioid overdose that landed her again in rehab.
Earlier this year, the “Sober” singer explained during an appearance on “Ellen” that the relapse had been the result of her eating disorder, detailing how her old management team had made a habit of giving her watermelon with fat-free whipped cream for her birthday every year instead of a cake.
Now, she’s emerged with a new manager, Scooter Braun, and a string of singles in 2020 including “I Love Me,” “Anyone,” and “I’m Ready” with Sam Smith.
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A ranked list of the biggest hits on the Great White Way, as of March 8, 2020 (according to The Broadway League)
17. "Rent" (original production) Opened: April 29, 1996 Closed: Sept. 7, 2008 Gross: $274.2 million
16. "The Producers" Opened: April 19, 2001 Closed: April 22, 2007 Gross: $288.4 million
15. "Mary Poppins" Opened: Nov. 16, 2006 Closed: March 3, 2013 Gross: $294.6 million
14. "Miss Saigon" (original production) Opened: April 11, 1991 Closed: Jan. 28, 2001 Gross: $298.7 million
13. "Kinky Boots" Opened: April 4, 2013 Closed: April 7, 2019 Gross to date: $319.0 million
12. "Les Misérables" (original production) Opened: March 12, 1987 Closed: May 18, 2003 Gross: $406.3 million