Disney star Demi Lovato, who recently revealed she has struggled with bulimia and poor body-image since age 8, showed off her bikini body on Twitter May 16, 2011.
Lovato, 18, tweeted:
I’ve been working so hard to get healthy and fit.. I can’t believe I’m about to do this but I’m so excited.. Here’s my bikini time body!
Demi, who recently completed a three-month stint in rehab for for emotional issues stemming from bulimia, self-mutilation and depression, looked fit and happy in a white string bikini.
‘I Was Bullied for Being Fat’
Lovato, who says she was bullied as a child for being fat, encouraged fans to stay positive in the face of depression or body-image issues, writing:
I never thought I’d ever feel confident enough to ever to that. I’m excited how far I’ve come since being completely ashamed of my body..I want any girl/guy out there who struggles with body image or confidence to know that it IS possible to find peace with yourself.
The 5’3″ Demi admitted in a recent interview that she lost 30 pounds at age 12, dropping to 95 pounds after the relentless bullying drove her to stop eating.
“I was bullied for being fat,” said Lovato, saying she starved herself to lose weight.
“I thought [what I was eating[ was enough, so everyone else thought it was enough,” Demi recounted.
“But in reality I was only eating a meal a day. When I was about 15, I was only eating two meals a week, but I wasn’t losing any more weight because my body adjusted to that, so I tried new things, laxatives, fasts. Nothing was working.”
Things came to a head when Lovato began purging her food while filming her Disney show Camp Rock in 2008.
“At my worst, I was doing [throwing up] five times a day,” she says. “I threw up so hard and so much, it was just blood in the toilet.”
Eventually, Lovato, who says she experimented with drugs and alcohol began cutting her wrists (self-mutilation) as “a way of relieving pressure when I was stressed and had anxiety.”
In late October 2010, Demi checked into a three-month rehab program and was released in January. Lovato, who recently donated $1 million for Japan disaster relief, is happier than ever, thanks to a renewed outlook on life.
“Never be ashamed of what you feel,” she says. “You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.”