Demi Lovato bravely discusses being raped as a teenager

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: (C)Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: (C)Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Singer Demi Lovato has bravely spoken out about allegedly being raped as a teenager while working for Disney, as part of the Camp Rock cast. She shares her story and how the assault impacted her mental health in a new documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, a three-part series which airs 23 March on YouTube.

According to a Variety report, from a journalist who saw an early screening of the documentary at the South by Southwest virtual festival, Demi does not name her attacker and says that heartbreakingly, she was expected to continue working with them regularly after the assault.

"We were hooking up but I said, 'Hey, this is not going any farther, I鈥檓 a virgin, and I don鈥檛 want to lose it this way'," Demi explains. "And that didn鈥檛 matter to them, they did it anyways. And I internalised it and I told myself it was my fault because I still went in the room with him."

She continues with, "My MeToo story is me telling somebody that someone did this to me and they never got in trouble for it... I've just kept it quiet because I've always had something to say, and I'm tired of opening my mouth."

Also within the film, Demi speaks candidly about her alcohol and drug struggles, which saw her suffer from a heart attack, three strokes and doctors saying she had just minutes left to live. Following an overdose, the singer explains that she was left with brain damage which affected her ability to read, concentrate and drive.

Demi recently shared a trailer of the documentary on her Instagram account, along with a caption sharing that the film is 'close to her heart': "I've been holding #DemiDWTD incredibly close to my heart, and now it's time to share an inside look. This is only a short preview of what is to come... Join me on March 23 for the premiere on @Youtube馃挆"

The documentary promises to be brutally honest and is set to explore "every aspect that led to her nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath".

We have reached out to Disney for comment.

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