It’s no secret that during her time in the spotlight, Demi Lovato has struggled with some pretty serious mental health issues. Now, the actress has opened up about her time on the Disney Channel show Sonny With A Chance, and she revealed to her former castmates that while they were filming, she constantly felt “overworked” and “miserable.”
On Saturday, April 25, the Disney Channel stars came together for an epic virtual reunion and talked about their experiences during their time together and what they’ve been up to since the series went off the air. While some have started families of their own and even went on to continue their acting careers, Demi joked with her costars that she “went to rehab. Several times!” The 27-year-old also got real with Tiffany Thornton, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Doug Brochu, Sterling Knight, Audrey Whitby, Matthew Scott Montgomery, Shayne Topp and Damien Haas about leaving the show after its second season and getting treatment for the first time.
“When I went away to treatment for the first time, you were my biggest inspiration coming out of it because you dealt with all of those pressures of being a woman on TV,” Demi explained to BFF Tiffany. “I looked at that as, ‘I wish I had that so bad.’ Yes, I probably was happier in my head with whatever I looked like at the time. But I’m so much happier now with the mentality that you have. I look back now and I’m like, Man, it’s a shame that we wasted any energy on what we wore on set.”
The “Anyone” singer also said that, at the time, she “wasn’t sleeping and I was so miserable and angry too because I felt like I was being overworked,” before sharing how proud she was of the entire cast for continuing the show without her.
“When I left, you don’t expect your show to go on without you, but it did,” she admitted. “But I couldn’t have been happier for everybody…I just wasn’t in a period of time when I was ready to be on camera again. I could not go back into that environment and there were other things that factored into it.”
While spilling some behind-the-scenes secrets, Tiffany told fans that Demi’s dressing room was “98 degrees every day.”
“I had an eating disorder and I was underweight and freezing!” Demi replied. “I would have people over for meetings on my lunch breaks, because that’s how much I worked. People would come in and I’d be covered in a blanket and people would say, ‘Why is it 80 degrees in here?’ I would be like, ‘Because I’m freezing.’ They would be like, ‘Oh my god, what’s wrong with you?'”
The cast also dished on the possibility of a reboot and, sorry to break it to you, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.
“I love all of you guys so much, but I went through so much during that show that I would rather just start a whole new project with all of you,” Demi said. “I had the best time with you guys and when I think about the show, I miss you guys. And I miss spending time with you and joking and going to Kitchen 24 on our lunch breaks…If we were ever to do anything, I think we should just do a whole new thing.”
Before the livestream concluded, Demi got real with her longtime friends and said that sometimes she seriously wonders if she should step out of the spotlight.
“I’m realizing that as I’ve gotten older because when I was young, when you start off in the industry as a 7-year-old, 8-year-old, you kind of value your self-worth with your success. I have moments all the time where I’m like, Do I want to continue this? Or do I want to pull a Tiffany and move to Texas, have a family and have a farm,” she said. Then added words of wisdom for kids just starting their acting career, telling them to always “speak up for your needs.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-448-4663.
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