We all know by now that Demi Lovato has dealt with some serious depression, addiction and self-harm issues in her life, but did you know she was suicidal as a 7-year-old? Holy shit. Apparently it was around the time she booked her gig on Barney, which, incidentally, she feels saved her life.
“At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling. Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who’s ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child’s heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it.
“Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was 7. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way… I’ve talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I’ve never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out.”