Pop singer Demi Lovato rose to fame after starring in shows like Barney & Friends and Camp Rock series. She was a popular Disney girl during her teenage days, however, the singer faced some trauma back then as she was sexually assaulted. Demi revealed that she was raped as a teenager while working for the Disney Channel in the late 2000s by someone she knew. Unfortunately, the person faced no repercussions when she revealed the incident. The singer did not reveal the offender’s name but said how she ‘had to see this person all the time’ afterwards.
The traumatic story was narrated by Lovato in her YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, which premiered at SXSW on Tuesday. “I lost my virginity in a rape,” she said. “I called that person back a month later and tried to make it right by being in control, and all it did was just make me feel worse.” Both times were “textbook trauma re-enactments, and I really beat myself up for years, which is also why I had a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that it was a rape when it happened”.
Describing her consensual experience that turned traumatic, she said, “We were hooking up but I said, ‘hey, this is not going any farther, I’m a virgin and I don’t want to lose it this way.’ And that didn’t matter to them, they did it anyways. And I internalized it and I told myself it was my fault, because I still went in the room with him, I still hooked up with him.”
“The Christian, southern girl in me didn’t see it that way because sex was not normalized as a child or in the south,” she further added. “And, you know what, fuck it, I’m just gonna say it: my #MeToo story is me telling somebody that someone did this to me, and they never got in trouble for it. They never got taken out of the movie they were in,” Demi told in the docuseries. ALSO READ: Demi Lovato’s Ex-Boyfriend Max Ehrich Is Moving On After Breakup; Bonds With American Idol Alum Sonika Vaid Over A Video Call-Pic INSIDE
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