Demi Lovato Reflects on Behaviors That Led Her ‘Down a Darker Path’

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Life has had its share of bumpy roads for singer Demi Lovato. But now, it sounds as if things are on an upswing.

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“What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot,” Lovato told Teen Vogue editor in chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner at the Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles on Saturday (Nov. 2) according to People. “I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter. I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown in their way.”

Indeed, many of Lovato’s troubles have happened while she lived her life in the public eye, dealing with everything from bouts with cyber bullying to dealing with an eating disorder.

“For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder,” she says. “What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme. I think that’s what led me down a darker path — I was still engaging in these behaviors.”

And yes, sometimes she still battles with some of those behaviors.

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“I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body,” says Lovato, who is set to release new music sometime soon.  “All I have to say is, ‘I’m healthy.’ In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body. I am saying I’m healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything.”