Demi Lovato didn’t realize her recovery from an eating disorder was actually a relapse, and that led to her downward spiral and near-fatal overdose in 2018.
“I’m tired of running myself into the ground with workouts and extreme dieting,” she said on Ashley Graham’s “Pretty Big Deal” podcast. “I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder, when it actually was just completely falling into it. And I just realized that, like, maybe my symptoms weren’t as obvious as before, but it was definitely an eating issue.”
Lovato, who suffered a near-fatal overdose in July 2018, said her toxic environment and eating issues led to her drug relapse.
“I think when you have certain people around you that are telling you certain things, that you should look a certain way, it makes it harder,” Lovato, 27, explained. “I was in that situation, and I was just running myself into the ground. And I honestly think that’s kind of what led to everything happening over the past year. [It] was just, like, me thinking I found recovery when I didn’t, and then living this kind of lie and trying to tell the world I was happy with myself when I really wasn’t.”