Demi Lovato on Her Troubled Past: My Mentality Was ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’

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updated 11/26/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET

originally published 12/02/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET

Being a child star means growing up fast, but for Demi Lovato, being her family’s breadwinner came with a hefty price, the former Disney star tells Nylon.

Lovato, 21, who ended up in rehab in 2010, admits that since she had grown-up responsibilities, she thought she could act like a grown-up, too.

“My parents tried to control me, but I’d be like, ‘Oh really, I’m grounded? Well, I pay the bills,’ ” she says. “They did the best they could. And I think that’s why a lot of young stars struggle when they’re making money or providing for their family.”

The X Factor judge, who battled addiction issues, an eating disorder and cutting, has previously said she “had a nervous breakdown,” while on a world tour with the Jonas Brothers.

“My mentality was ‘Work hard, play hard,’” she admits in the magazine’s Dec/Jan issue. “It was hard to listen to the word ‘no.’ I wanted to make my own rules. I thought that if I was adult enough to get there, then I could party like an adult. And obviously, I couldn’t.”

Demi Lovato

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While Lovato has been open about her struggles and launched a scholarship program following her father’s death earlier this year to help people struggling with mental health and addiction issues, she says that she doesn’t want to be seen as a poster child for recovery.


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