Disney's Lovato in treatment centre
Published 02/11/2010 | 04:25
Demi Lovato, one of Disney's biggest names, has checked herself into a treatment centre to deal with "emotional and physical issues", her representatives said.
The statement did not specify the 18-year-old's problems, but said Demi checked herself into a facility to address the concerns.
A person familiar with the situation previously said Demi entered treatment for problems including an eating disorder and cutting herself. The person later clarified the statement, saying Demi had dealt with those issues in the past.
The young actress and singer, who is star of Disney's Camp Rock movies and the sitcom Sonny With A Chance, was on an international tour as a special guest of the Jonas Brothers, but left the tour over the weekend to enter an undisclosed facility, according to the statement.
"Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help," the statement said. "She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time."
In a 2009 interview, Demi said she had to leave middle school at one point because she was bullied so badly.
"It was more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that's actually more scarring than anything," she said. "And I had to leave because I just couldn't deal with it. And I've home-schooled ever since."
Demi was linked earlier this year to Joe Jonas, her Camp Rock co-star, but the two later broke up and said they remained friends.
Her representative said the star regretted not finishing the tour but "is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future".