According to Dove Cameron, the actress did not have the easiest time during the first few years of her career. Yep, the former Disney star just opened up about her early years in the spotlight, and she admitted that made a lot of “stupid decisions” and had a “terrible relationship.”

“It’s an industry of creatives, but not entirely made of start-ups and creativity. I opened my heart and all my ventricles, all of my sensitive spots, to this space that’s the wild wild west in terms of what you’re going to receive. And I just f**ked myself,” she shared with Story + Rain Magazine during a recent interview. “I was too young and too bullheaded to be shielding myself from what I thought was going to be, my safest place ever. I made a lot of stupid decisions: ‘Here I am, this is the new me.’ And I delved into a terrible relationship. I was very anorexic for a long time. I was doing everything I could to create a safe space for myself within a place I felt was a new home, and that wasn’t smart, you know? It really came down to my age when I entered, I think.”

As fans know, the blonde beauty was propelled into the spotlight after she starred in Liv and Maddie back in 2013, when she was only 17. And soon after landing the role, she began dating her costar Ryan McCartan, and their relationship may go down in history as one of the messiest of all time. After they split in 2016, the two stars shaded each other left and right on social media. The singer claimed Ryan had treated her badly during their relationship, and he accused Dove of cheating on him with her current boyfriend, Thomas Doherty.

But despite all their drama, it looks like there’s no bad blood between them now. Yep, the 24-year-old had some nice things to say about her ex in an interview with Access at Disney Channel Fan Fest in April 2019.

“My first boyfriend ever I found through Liv and Maddie, and I’m so grateful for that experience and what he taught me,” she said.

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