June 07, 2013 04:06:23 GMT
The 'Heart Attack' singer says she has battled suicidal thoughts since around the time she played in 'Barney and Friends' for Disney.
Amidst shocking news of Paris Jackson's suicide attempt, Demi Lovato reveals her own struggle with depression. The female judge on "The X Factor (US)" has been open about her demons in the past, but in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, it was newly revealed that she battled suicidal thoughts at early age of 7.
In an excerpt obtained by Us Weekly, Lovato says it happened around the time when she got her first taste in the spotlight as a child star in "Barney & Friends". "The principal called my parents and made me sign this suicide contract saying that I would not kill myself," she recalls. "They weren't expecting that so young."
She's grateful for having very supportive parents to guide her through her darkest time. "Celebrities do have luxurious options, but my parents were like, 'No, you're going to learn something'," she says. "My parents were like, 'You have two choices. We can either just shut it down and not talk about it, or you can tell people what's up.' There was no hesitation, really. I opened up that gate."
The "Heart Attack" singer entered rehab in summer 2010 to seek treatment for bulimia and self-harming issues. She has since actively campaigned to raise awareness and help her peers who's having the same problems as her. She received a lot of recognitions for her work, including from the U.S. Department of Health.