Demi Lovato Says Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez Were There For Her During Her Dark Days

It’s no secret that Demi Lovato is back on the Hollywood scene after dropping off the map briefly in late 2010; first there was her hard-to-miss appearance in that dress at the Latin Grammy Awards, and now she’s the cover girl for February’s Seventeen! But while Demi is clearly happy, healthy and back on track after her time in rehab, she’s not afraid of some Real Talk about the rough patch she went through to get here—and in her feature interview, she opens up about just how bad things got and which famous ladies helped her on her way to getting well.

When asked about the problems she faced a year ago, Demi is blunt: “I’m not gonna lie. I was self-medicating. I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain.”

And between her substance abuse and confessed struggle with an eating disorder, there’s no doubt that she had a lot of work to do before she could fully heal—but now, she says, she’s beaten her demons.

“I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t throw up after my meals, I don’t starve myself,” she said. “There’s nothing that I do that I feel ashamed of.”

And if you’re thinking that she couldn’t have made it without help, you’re right: “There were two people [who were there for me],” Demi confirmed. “No matter how many times we fight, we will always be in each others’ lives. [Miley Cyrus and I] are very strong-headed, so when we fight, it’s brutal and we’re like, ‘We’re never going to be friends again!’ Then two days later, we’re like, ‘I love you and I miss you!’ Selena [Gomez] and I, we never fight. She’s not a confrontational person at all. Both of them will never leave my life no matter what happens, because we’ve been through so much together.”

The takeaway? Even celebs need a BFF to lean on.

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