US singer Demi Lovato has revealed she has finally learned to become “comfortable” in her own skin, after battling depression and an eating disorder.
The former Disney star, who had a nervous breakdown in 2010, says she has a new-found confidence boost, as she prepares to release her fifth album Confident.
“I think, on my last album I didn’t really know myself as an artist as well as I do today. A lot of that comes from caring too much about what people thought,” the 23-year-old told comedian Alan Carr on his British talk show Chatty Man.
“There is a transition period from Disney to the mainstream adult world and I didn’t want to transition too fast. So I feel like being 23 I can do that without caring so much if people are going to react to this or that – this is who I am.”
The singer – whose screen credits include musical series Glee and a judging stint on the US version of The X Factor – continued:
“I think there was something very liberating over this past year when I really honestly stopped caring.
“Now if I see a comment it doesn’t affect me because I’ve become so confident and so comfortable in my own skin that it doesn’t affect me as much as it used to. Don’t get me wrong, it can still hurt if they say certain things but anything that has to do with body stuff, I’ve done so much work on myself mentally, not just physically but mentally that I can see through it.”
Lovato, who often posts images of her body on Twitter and Instagram, has learned to deal with cyberbullies and “body shamers”. She previously stood up to an online tweeter who called her “fatty” on the micro-blogging website.
“It’s crazy. It’s like how Britney (Spears) said, ‘She’s too big, now she’s too thin, you want a piece of me’ and honey, I totally understand how she is feeling. Listen, those haters just want a piece of me,” she said.
Having supported the LGBT community and admitted to experimenting in the past, she remained tight-lipped over rumours of being a lesbian, telling Carr: “I’m not confirming and I’m definitely not denying. I don’t think there is anything wrong with experimentation at all.”