Demi Lovato: "My Parents Tried To Control Me"
Heart Attack singer comes clean about troubled past...
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 18:29
The 21-year-old teen star – who came up through the ranks at Disney alongside Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez – opened up about providing for her family, her stint in rehab and her plans for the future.
"I would like to separate myself from being the girl who overcame her issues,” Demi told the mag. "I don't want people to hear my songs on the radio and be like, 'Oh, that's the girl who cut.'"
Like many teen stars, Demi’s relationship with her parents suffered during her rise to fame. "My parents tried to control me, but I'd be like, 'Oh really, I'm grounded? Well, I pay the bills,' " she explained. "They did the best they could. And I think that's why a lot of young stars struggle when they're making money or providing for their family."
However she is still close to her family and recalled her parents’ advice when they came to visit her in rehab: “They were like, 'How do you want to handle this? We can say it's a personal time and we don't have to tell them what you're in here for, or we can just be 100 percent honest and show them that you can get through it and other people can get through it, too.'"
She credits that honesty for the bond she now has with her fans: “I have probably the best relationship between any artist and their fans, because I have no secrets,” she said.
And despite her empire already encompassing music, television and books (as of today she is a New York Times best-selling author thanks to recent release, Staying Strong), she has revealed a wish-list of plans for the future: "I have this dream of being behind the camera and one day directing my own movie. I want to host my own show and be a younger Oprah. I want to write songs for other artists."
"I want my own makeup line, and my own skincare line. I want to do a lot more philanthropy work, and for a while there I thought I wanted to go to law school."
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