Over the past few years, Demi Lovato has been very open about her lifelong struggle with body image. The pop star — who entered treatment in 2010 for issues that included drugs, alcohol and bulimia — tells Access Hollywood that the first signs of her eating disorder began as young as age eight or nine.
Clearly, Demi isn’t the first woman to feel insecure about her body. (We’re pretty sure that’s a universal thing.) But as it turns out, Demi’s not the first woman in her family to use food as a way to cope with these feelings.
In the same Access Hollywood interview, Demi’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, reveals that she too suffered from “a terrible eating disorder” for “many, many years.” After Demi entered treatment, Dianna says she realized there were things in her own life that needed to change. “I didn’t realize it and I had to face up to the fact that I was suffering as well,” she says.
Demi’s mother says her actions weren’t setting a good example for her daughter. “And a lot of what [Demi] went through with an eating disorder had to do with what she had seen growing up and I also had severe depression and I ended up asking for help. Actually they did an intervention with me and said, ‘Mom, you need to get help,’” she continues.
Dianna, too, sought treatment, and both she and Demi say that their decisions to do so have brought them much closer together as a family.
As soon as the interview was published, Demi almost immediately took to Twitter to praise her mother for being so vulnerable. “I'm so proud of my momma @DiannaDeLaGarza for being open and honest about her struggles and how she overcame them... I told you she was my hero,” Demi wrote.
“There aren't many parents speaking out about how they got through a time when their child was spiraling out of control,” she continued, “and how she was able to set an example for parents everywhere by dealing with issues of her own and what she went through... I love you mom and I'm so proud of you...”