Demi Lovato has revealed she first experienced suicidal thoughts aged just seven.
The 25-year-old singer, who celebrated six yaers sober recently, appeared on US show Dr Phil this week and opened up about her struggles with depression and bipolar disorder.
“The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven, and I had this fascination with death,” she said. “I have experienced things that I have not talked about and don’t know if I ever will talk about.”
She went on: “It came back when I was bullied; it came back several times when I was struggling with depression — my bipolar disorder.”
Demi said she began being bullied when she appeared on Disney’s Barney and Friends alongside Selena Gomez when she was a youngster. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 18.
“I was bullied when I was 12,” the Grammy-nominated star shared. “I was searching for something to numb me out and to fit in and I turned to alcohol and that’s where I felt relief.”
Demi admits if she continued drinking, she could have died.
“My addiction with drugs and alcohol was very severe to where I had several scares, and I knew that at the rate I was using and drinking, I wasn’t going to live a long life. I used very fast, very hard.”
The singer said she hopes to inspire others to get help by sharing her story.
She advised: “If I could tell anybody that’s thinking about taking their own life, is to reach out to people. Don’t hold it inside — don’t isolate. Reach out to people, whether it’s close friends, family.
“If you feel like you don’t have anybody, look within yourself and try to find that resilience that will ultimately get you through whatever it is you’re going through.
“Every single person on this planet is worth life.”