SINGER Demi Lovato has admitted she was suicidal before she joined the cast of ‘Barney the Dinosaur’ as a 7-year-old child.
"At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling," she told Cosmopolitan magazine.
"Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who's ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child's heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it.
"Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was 7. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way… I've talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I've never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out."
The star recently grieved the death of her estranged father.
She tweeted shortly after the funeral: "There's an overwhelming sense of peace knowing my dad is no longer battling his demons anymore and that makes me so happy."