Feeling the pressure. Demi Lovato got real about her stretch marks and opened up about her eating disorder recovery with a candid Instagram post in December 2020.

As fans know, the former Disney Channel star has been outspoken over the years about her ongoing struggle with an eating disorder.

“I used to genuinely believe recovery from an eating disorder wasn’t real. That everyone was faking or secretly relapsing behind closed doors. ‘Surely she throws up here and there,’ ‘she can’t POSSIBLY accept her cellulite’ … those we’re just a few of the things that I used to tell myself growing up,” the songstress shared, alongside photos of her stretch marks. “I’m so grateful that I can honestly say for the first time in my life — my dietitian looked at me and said, ‘This is what eating disorder recovery looks like.’ In honor of my gratitude for the place I’m in today, this was a lil shoot I did by myself in quarantine this summer when I wanted to celebrate my stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them. I started wearing actual glitter paint on my stretch marks to celebrate my body and all of it’s features (whether society views them as good OR bad) My stretch marks aren’t going away so might as well throw a lil glitter on em’ amiright?”

Demi continued, “Also let this be a reminder to anyone who doesn’t think it’s possible: IT ACTUALLY IS. YOU CAN DO IT. I BELIEVE IN YOU. This year was tough … be gentle on yourself if you slip up and remember to get right back on track because you’re WORTH THE MIRACLE OF RECOVERY. I LOVE YOU.”

In the past, several celebrities have opened up about their experiences with such disorders, and they do so in hopes of helping their fans overcome similar issues. Stars like Sadie Robertson, Grayson Dolan, Greyson Chance, Emma Chamberlain, Jessie Paege, Jade Thirlwall, Madelyn Cline, Lana Condor, Camila Mendes, Shane Dawson, Zayn Malik, Jennette McCurdy, Debby Ryan, Hilary Duff and more have gotten real about overcoming a disorder in the past. Scroll through our gallery to see what they’ve said. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-448-4663.

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