Demi Lovato Reveals Why She Left Disney Channel

In a new interview with Bustle, Demi Lovato revealed the reason why she decided not to return to star in the Disney series Sonny With a Chance.

She says the television industry normalized eating disorders, “I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized.”

She revealed she used to be given “watermelon with fat-free whipped cream” in place of a birthday cake each year.

“When I went to treatment in 2010, I came out of the experience with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people, or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel,” she continued. “And I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”

She went on to say, “I want a career that has nothing to do with my body. I want it to be about my music and my lyrics and my message. And I want a long-lasting career that I don’t have to change myself for,” Lovato said. “Music brought me so much joy when I was younger, and I lost that joy throughout the hustle and bustle of the music industry. I got miserable. And I don’t ever want it to be like that again.”