Demi Lovato: 'I was 3-years-old when I first had body image issues'
'Skyscraper' songstress Demi Lovato has admitted that she first felt conscious of her body at the age of 3.
The star, who is currently working as a judge on X Factor USA, sat down for a personal interview with Katie Couric and revealed that she wanted a flat stomach as a toddler after noticing how her stomach stuck out while wearing a diaper:
"I remember being 3 years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach, and I remember thinking in my head ‘I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?’"
She added that her experience of being bullied as a child has had a significant impact on her life ever since and it was the verbal abuse that really took its toll:
"I’ve always said I wished that they had just hit me in the face and gotten it over with because what they said to me sticks to me to this day and it [turned] me into the person I am today."
When asked by Couric about the '09 incident that saw her hit one of her backing dancers in the face, Lovato explained: "I wasn’t really in control of my emotions at the time. I was just out of control and there’s no excuse for it but it definitely showed everyone I needed to get help and I think two days later I was checking into rehab."
The full interview will air on 'Katie' next Monday, September 24. Watch her discuss Niall Horan with Simon Cowell here:
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