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Lovato to young girls with problems: Seek help

Lovato to young girls with problems: Seek help

September 19th, 2011 by MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press in News

NEW YORK (AP) - Singer Demi Lovato thanked her fans at a concert for supporting her after she entered rehab last year and encouraged young girls to seek help if they are dealing with similar problems.

"A year ago today ... I was not in a good place," the 19-year-old said at her concert Saturday night. "I needed help and I want anybody in this audience to know that if you're struggling with one of the issues that I dealt with or a different issue, that you can get help, that you can recover and it's possible if you just tell someone."

Lovato entered a treatment facility for three months last year to deal with "emotional and physical issues." The singer-actress said as an 8-year-old who faced bullying she had an eating disorder and later started cutting her wrists to vent her despair.

She performed a show at New York's Hammerstein ballroom, just days ahead of the release of third album, "Unbroken."

Lovato was beginning to play her latest song, "Skyscraper," when she stopped to address the crowd.

"They're so many beautiful girls in this audience that don't know that they're beautiful, but they just are," she said. "So I want to thank you guys for being there for me every single day I was away. I wouldn't be here without you guys today."

Concertgoers screamed "I love you" while Lovato spoke and one girl held a sign that read: "Demi makes me strong!"

After performing "Skyscraper," she sang a cover of Lil Wayne's recent hit "How to Love," a song about women's insecurities and their struggles to find love.

Lovato was the star of the Disney Channel series "Sonny With a Chance" before she announced she was leaving the show in April.

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Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for The Associated Press.