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Demi Lovato: ‘I was suicidal at 7– but Barney the Dinosaur saved my life’

Published 02/07/2013 | 10:45

Demi Lovato set up the Lovato Treatment Scholarship following her dad's death
Demi Lovato set up the Lovato Treatment Scholarship following her dad's death

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."

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