Demi Lovato Says Making Money Young Led To Struggles

Demi Lovato is only 21, but she already knows that making a lot of money when one is young can lead to struggles in life.

The former Disney star reached fame when she was very young, and has suffered the consequences of her early celebrity status.

Demi Lovato appears on the December/January cover of Nylon Magazine, and talks about her struggles with fame, money, her accomplishments, and goals.

Talking about her parents Demi, who has grown up in the spotlight since she was 10 years-old, said:

"My parents tried to control me, but I'd be like, 'Oh really, I'm grounded? Well, I pay the bills. They did the best they could. And I think that's why a lot of young stars struggle when they're making money or providing for their family. My mentality was 'Work hard, play hard.' It was hard to listen to the word 'no.'"

Demi Lovato not only looks older than her 21 years, she acts older and more mature than most.

The X Factor judge says she wants to be respected as an artist and has done everything in her power to straighten herself up after suffering from emotional problems, which landed her in rehab in 2010.

"I would like to separate myself from being the girl who overcame her issues, or the Disney chick who ended up in rehab while she was still on Disney. I don't want people to hear my songs on the radio and be like, 'Oh, that's the girl who cut herself.' Now I have probably the best relationship between any artist and their fans, because I have no secrets."

Her fans have stayed with her and, more importantly, she has earned their respect without taking her clothes off or racy on-stage numbers.

Demi Lovato is doing her own thing, her own way, with class.

The young artist tells Nylon she has a lot to look forward to and has a clear idea of where she wants her career to go into the future.

"I look at my life and think, 'There's not enough time.' I co-directed my last two videos, and I have this dream of being behind the camera and one day directing my own movie. I want to host my own show and be a younger Oprah. I want to write songs for other artists. I want to be an author. I want my own makeup line, and my own skincare line. I want to do a lot more philanthropy work, and for a while there I thought I wanted to go to law school."

In contrast with many celebrities who have wild parties when they turn 21, Demi Lovato spend her birthday working with charities abroad, according to a previous report on The Inquisitr.