Demi Lovato struggled with substance abuse and other emotional problems for a long time, but when her team and parents staged an intervention and threatened to take her back home, away from her little sister, she decided to sober up.
Lovato, who is now 21 years old, is thankful to her family for being alive today. In a recent interview, she opened up about the hell she went through when she couldn’t go more than 30 minutes without cocaine and drank a Sprite bottle filled with Vodka at 9 am.
Despite her young very years, Demi Lovato has lived more than many but, luckily for her, she had a strong support system that forced her to accept she had a problem and seek help.
But the thing that made her realize she had to stop her destructive behavior, which included cutting herself apparently due to depression, was an intervention staged by her whole team and her parents.
In a candid interview with Access Hollywood, Demi Lovato says she can recall the exact moment when she decided to come clean:
“The last time that I had an intervention, it was my management, my entire team, manager, lawyers, everyone, and my parents coming into a room saying if you don’t get sober – my mom specifically said, ‘You know, we’re going to move back to Texas and you’re not going to be able to be around your little sister.'”
Demi Lovato’s half-sister, Madison de la Garza, 11, is also an actress. She has starred in Desperate Housewives for six seasons playing Eva Longoria’s daughter, Juanita Solis. She is the daughter of Demi’s mother, Diana Hart.
Hart, who suffered from her own depression and eating disorder, tried her best to protect one daughter from the other.
Joining Demi Lovato in her interview, Hart says:
“I had to set an example for Madison (…) I had to protect her and (Demi) knew that. So when I said, ‘I’m moving back to Texas,’ she knew that I finally meant it that time, and that’s when we all sat down with her and said, ‘This is it, you have to make a change or we’re all going our separate ways because if you don’t want this career, we’re not going to want it for you.'”
Since leaving rehab in 2011, Demi Lovato has been very vocal about her struggles, encouraging fans to learn from her experiences.
“There should be no taboo about it. I self harmed, and she (her mother) worried all the time. Sometimes when you’re feeling so numb just by being depressed, you just want to feel.” Demi Lovato says.