On April 25, the singer opened up about rehab and her eating disorder while video chatting with cast members like Tiffany Thornton, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Doug Brochu, and Sterling Knight from the Disney show and its spinoff series So Random! When asked what everyone has been up to since the original show ended in 2011, Lovato replied, “I went to rehab. Several times!”
She could have left it with the quip, but she continued to share more about her recovery after entering rehab at 19-years-old. “When I went away to treatment for the first time, I remember you were my biggest inspiration coming out of it,” she told Thornton, per People. “You dealt with all of those pressures of being a woman on TV. 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…But you really inspired me a lot and I hope that my future kids someday have the same mentality that you had at the end of the show.”
Demi Lovato went on to discuss how she’s evolved since that period in her life. “I look back and I’m like, ‘Man, it’s a shame we wasted any energy thinking about what we wore on set.’ I went to Will and Grace this time and I literally spent 10 minutes in the wardrobe room,” she said. “My fittings used to be an hour. But now I’m just like, ‘It doesn’t matter. What I’m wearing doesn’t matter to people.'”
Lovato continued to talk about how she felt “miserable” while filming the series. “I was so miserable and angry too because I felt like I was being overworked,” she said, per The Hollywood Reporter, but she also had some wise words for anyone else starting out in the business. “I would just say, speak up for your needs, always tell the people around you how you feel,” she said. “If you’re tired, tell them you’re tired. If you’re sick, be honest about being sick and not feeling good. Just speak up for yourself.” Honestly, that can be applied to most jobs.