Demi Lovato Was Suicidal at 7, Singer Says

Demi Lovato arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum in Inglewood Calif

The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer opened up about her struggles with depression during her latest interview with Dr. Phil, revealing she started to contemplate suicide as a young child.

"The very first time that I was suicidal was when I was seven, and I had this fascination with death", she said. "She didn't know if I would be alive or not, because every time I cut, it got deeper and deeper", Lovato explained. But at 7, I knew that if I were to take my own life, that the pain would end.

She says she experienced those thoughts again when she was bullied and during several other times in her life when she was dealing with her bipolar disorder.

She admitted to Dr. Phil that her suicidal thoughts resurfaced when she dealt with depression and bipolar disorder. "If I could tell anybody that's thinking about taking their own life, it's to reach out to people", she said. "And it was at that moment where I decided that I was going to not eat anymore, and I turned to drugs and alcohol".

Demi said things didn't get easier when she was bullied at the age of 12, which led her to seek unhealthy coping mechanisms.

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The 25-year-old, Mexican-American singer spoke confidently about having conquered her addiction and alcoholism, though she still struggles with an eating disorder.

"He passed away when I was 20".

Lovato penned her song "Father" as a way of paying tribute to her complicated relationship with her dad and his death, and she admitted that it's harder for her to perform in concert than almost any other song she sings.

Lovato said her new regimen includes giving herself positive affirmations in the mirror daily, and considers how her loved ones would feel if she slipped back into her old habits. "But he wanted to be a good person", she said. But I realize that I can't just shut out this performance. "The healing is through performing it".

Demi will talk about her other experiences on her journey to recovery on Tuesday's episode of Dr. Phil. Check here for local listings. "To know that it wasn't fully his fault really was saddening to me", she added. "I knew that I had a bigger goal in life and I'm very very grateful that I'm still here today and didn't give into urges".

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