In response to these pics of Demi Lovato sporting what look to be self-inflicted scars on her wrist, her rep has issued a statement: “Demi was wearing gummy bracelets just prior to her appearance on the red carpet and, because of how tight they were, they left indentations on her wrist.”
And everyone’s just printing this statement like it’s not obviously a bunch of complete and total bullshit.
I mean, COME ON. Yes, sometimes really tight bracelets leave indentations, but they don’t look a fucking thing like this:
I can understand not wanting to be like, “Yes, Demi’s a cutter, and you should be, too,” but Jesus Christ can we use this opportunity to take a second and talk about an absurdly wide-spread and under-discussed phenomenon among teenagers? One that’s typically a good predictor of future struggles with drugs and alcohol, volatile relationships, eating disorders and suicide? Can we please not sweep this shit under the rug like it’s so shameful and embarrassing and awful that we’ll throw out a Hail Mary like fucking gummy bracelets before copping to it? Because that sends a fucking terrible message to the kids out there who do this shit every day and aren’t really sure why and could really use any information and support you’d like to use this opportunity to put into the mainstream media.
The picture above was taken in September, at a different event. Was she wearing gummy bracelets before that shit, too?
Big hugs to you, Demi.