Demi Lovato talks body image issues that 'led to everything happening over the past year'

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY

Demi Lovato is opening up about her past body image issues. 

During her appearance on the podcast "Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham"published Tuesday, the "Anyone" songstress got real about her battle with disordered eating and her journey to embracing herself.

Lovato, 25, explained to host Graham how she wrongly thought she was in recovery from an eating disorder when she became fixated on "extreme dieting" and over-exercising.

"I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder, when it actually was just completely falling into it," she said in the interview. "Maybe my symptoms weren't as obvious as before, but it was definitely an eating issue."

When she was in this mindset, Lovato says she worked out three times a day and wished someone had been there to tell her to slow down.

Demi Lovato opened up about her past issues with body image in an interview with Ashley Graham published Tuesday.

"I was just running myself into the ground, and I honestly think that that's kind of what led to everything happening over the past year," she said. "It was just me thinking I found recovery when I didn't and then living this kind of lie and trying to tell the world I was happy with myself when I really wasn't."

Because of these past struggles, Lovato is determined to release her next album without "trying to look a certain way or fit a certain mold."

"That's just not who I am," she added. "Someone needs to stand up for people who don't naturally look that way."

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On July 24, 2018, Lovato was hospitalized just a month after the singer admitted in her single "Sober," that she relapsed following six years of sobriety.

Lovato broke her silence two weeks later, writing in a since-deleted Instagram post, "I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."

Lovato told Graham she's hoping to find more happiness and freedom without obsessing over her body.

"Why live that life if it's a lie?" she said. "I just decided not to live that lie anymore."

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If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and are in need of support, please call the National Eating Disorders Helpline (800-931-2237) or text NEDA to 741741.

Contributing: Andrea Mandell, Cydney Henderson

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