Back in May 2012, Demi Lovato told a British magazine that she would stay out of the public eye because she was worried that the media scrutiny would be triggering for the emotional issues for which she sought help in the first place.
She said at the time: “I need to be secure in my body before I go back in front of the camera. Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder would find that triggering, and I’m not ready.”
Weeks later, she was made a liar when she accepted seven-figures to appear on live television.
With almost a year to reflect on the decision, Lovato concedes that it was probably a mistake.
She tells the Spring 2013 issue of Cosmo on Campus: “I don’t think I was ready when I started on The X Factor. In an ideal situation I would have maybe waited a year or more… I dived into work really quickly, and maybe that wasn’t the best idea at the time, but the place I am in today is so much better than I could have ever imagined, so I’m really glad.”
She continues: “I have spent the last year focusing on myself and it’s been incredible. More has come out of the past year than in my entire career so far and I truly believe it was because I was taking care of myself.”