The real scoop on the star’s rock bottom!
Demi Lovato has long been open about her struggles with depression, substance abuse, disordered eating, and more, but now we’re going to get an even clearer picture of the long-embattled star’s darkest moments. Demi’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, just released a true tell-all memoir, Falling With Wings: A Mother’s Story, and the book goes into the whole story of Demi’s ― and her family’s ― struggles with Hollywood and fame.
Dianna’s book hit shelves yesterday and, by all accounts, is everything it promised to be and more! Demi’s mother pulled no punches in writing down her dark account of life in the Lovato home.
Demi Lovato has been struggling with her mental health and substance abuse issues for almost a decade. The 25-year-old Disney alum has been open about her issues staying clean, happy, and stable over the years, opting to use her story to help end the stigmas of substance abuse and depression rather than hiding her journey. Even so, she’s never been this open before.
The star’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, has dropped an in-depth, tell-all memoir about raising Demi and her famous sisters Dallas and Madison. The book, which hit shelves yesterday (March 6, 2018) dives deep into Demi and her family’s darkest moments, illuminating the harder side of fame for fans in a visceral way.
“I’m sorry ahead of time”
Fans got a little taste of what the rest of the memoir holds in a sneak peek of the text released to Entertainment Weekly on March 5, just ahead of the book’s release date. The excerpt dove deep into what was happening behind the scenes on a day that die-hard fans of Demi probably remember: the day she punched a backup dancer.
Dianna, who was in Texas visiting her hometown at the time, writes:
”I struggle to breathe as the light in the room slowly dims. I try to talk but can’t. As though trapped in a bad dream, I fight through the grayness and read the message one more time: ‘I’m sorry ahead of time.’ The words electrify every nerve in my body, telling me that Demi is in serious trouble. […] For the past few months, Demi has vacillated between cheerful and sullen, as though her moods are altered by the pull of a string. At times, the darkness in her eyes frightens me and her late-night escapades aren’t slowing down, either. It’s clear that something is terribly wrong[…]
A few weeks earlier, I had walked into Demi’s bedroom to wake her so she could get to Hollywood Center Studios for the filming of Sonny with a Chance. I remember how peaceful she looked, but when I gently touched her, I froze. Next to her on the clean sheets was a bloody rag. I felt as though someone had slapped me in the face. ‘Demi, Demi! Wake up,’ I shouted, fearing she was dead.”
While Demi’s angry outburst backstage likely shocked fans, knowing the truth ― that the star’s parents feared she might be suicidal at the time ― would have been all the more surprising.
Apparently, though, the excerpt was just the beginning of the story! The book delves into Demi’s multiple stays in rehab, the start of her body image issues (bullies at school, by the way), and her rapidly worsening substance abuse problems at the time.
According to Dianna, Demi was regularly drinking, smoking weed, taking Adderall, and using cocaine when she entered treatment the first time around.
“Our family needs help”
Aside from talking about the Camp Rock star’s struggles with fame and the pressures that come with it, Dianna also opens up about her own issues in the spotlight. She describes the immense pressure she felt to be a perfect mother, manager, wife, and woman during her daughter’s rise to fame. She talks in detail about the overwhelming guilt she felt about the things that Demi and her sisters were dealing with at such a young age.
”I can no longer ignore that our family needs help, especially Demi, who is rail thin, exhausted, and in a very dark place. This latest crisis means that all of our previous attempts to help her—cutting back on her schedule, hiring life coaches, pep talks, and punishments—were nothing more than Band-Aids on a very serious wound. Now, it’s time for surgery. But as the doubts and questions about what we can do begin to multiply, I start wailing like a baby.”
The book ― for which Demi provided the foreword ― also promises to explore Dianna’s time in rehab, substance abuse issues, and her own eating disorder which she says she struggled with just like her famous daughter.
Luckily, the star seems to be in a much better place these days. Demi has overcome her demons and is living life to the fullest. In a new cover-story interview with InStyle, Lovato talks about gaining her independence, learning about love, and taking care of herself while balancing stardom ― and she seems to be doing a good job of it of late.
Falling With Wings: A Mother’s Story is available now! Fans of Demi won’t want to miss this one.
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