Rumors have surfaced of Disney star Demi Lovato cutting herself. Star Magazine seems to think so, citing five nasty-looking slashes on her wrist. A source told Star that Demi Lovato had been stressed out about her new show Sonny With a Chance. Yet Demi Lovato’s representative told New York Daily News that she is not a cutter, and that indentations on her wrists were from excessively tight plastic bracelets.
Only Demi Lovato knows the cause of those wrist marks, but one would have to hope that the talented teen is not cutting herself.
Demi Lovato Cutting?: Life and Career
Born in 1992, Demi Lovato is a native of Texas. She is the daughter of a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and a country recording artist. As she told Ellen DeGeneres once, Demi Lovato experienced cruel and incessant bullying in school. It was so bad that one day she asked her mother to home-school her.
Demi Lovato made her acting debut at age six on Barney and Friends. She currently stars in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny With a Chance. She is best known for her role in Camp Rock. Demi Lovato is also a solo artist whose album Don’t Forget debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Her second album comes out July 21.
Demi Lovato Cutting?: Public Figures
While public figures may enjoy fame, fortune, and high social status, young celebrities are not always immune to the stresses of adolescence. Perhaps this explains the success of cult movie Mean Girls, as everyone, regardless of social status, knows that on some level we never really escape the shark tank of high school.
Demi Lovato experienced bullying at school, as did Miley Cyrus. As a pre-teen, Candace Cameron was regularly taunted by classmates and shoved into lockers. She was also humiliated in front of her class when her teacher asked for her autograph.
The pressures of normal life may be even further aggravated when added to the pressures of celebrity status. Public figures such as Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, and Amy Winehouse have documented cases of cutting and self-mutilation. Others such as Lindsay Lohan, Cassie Steele (of Degrassi), Christina Ricci, and Anna Paquin have also been suspected of cutting.
One of the most tragic cases of cutting was Princess Diana of Wales. Her biographer Andrew Morton described Princess Diana throwing herself at glass cabinets, slashing her wrists with a razor, and cutting herself with a lemon slicer.
If Demi Lovato is having trouble coping with the pressures of teen stardom, hopefully she is being surrounded by loving supporters who will help her deal with it in ways that do not involve cutting.
Is Demi Cutting Again? Star Magazine
Rep: ‘Camp Rock’ star Demi Lovato isn’t a cutter, Korin Miller, New York Daily News