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Lovato credits celebrity friends with recovery

Demi Lovato says two friends are primarily to thank for her recovery following her 2010 stint in rehab.

The former Disney star spent three months in rehab in 2010 due to physical and emotional issues.

She later admitted suffering from bulimia and self-harming. She also turned to alcohol and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The actress has admitted she had to take a careful look at who her friends were to ensure she wouldn’t relapse.

The star publicly thanked those who stood by her side on Italy’s Televisionet.tv.

“I ended up having to go through some stuff,” she said. “Fortunately I have family and friends around me that are very, very supportive of me and my recovery and everything I stand for. Nick [Jonas] especially,” she said, adding, “He’s always been there for me.”

Demi also made mention of her well-known friend Selena Gomez. She has recalled in the past a phone call with the fellow Disney star sobbing. The memory will always stay with her.

“…And Selena because she called my crying when I was in there and was just so worried,” Demi added. “I was like, ‘Look, I should be the one crying, it’s all good!’ But she was so worried and ever since then we’ve gotten closer.”

The star has a busy year ahead. She recently released her fourth album in six years and is set to return for her second season as a judge on US The X Factor this fall.

She’s also focussed on staying healthy and sober. The 20-year-old credits her new lifestyle with helping her to do so.

“I have more confidence than I did a couple years ago,” Demi said. “And to me, confidence is sexy.”

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