Demi Lovato reveals hard times to GMA

Sep 19, 2011 at 2:04 p.m. ET

Demi Lovato revealed to fans at a concert this weekend at New York City's Hammerstein ballroom that last year, she wasn't in a good place and on Good Morning America that she was "broken". The young actress has triumphed over her adversity and wants to now be a role model for other young girls struggling with similar issues.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato can only sum up her journey this past year in two words, "standing tall".

The young actress, who last year famously checked herself into a clinic for treatment of personal issues was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She was also diagnosed with an eating disorder and was cutting her skin to help her deal with the pain she was experiencing internally but is now happy and healthy and ready to take on the next chapter in her life.

Lovato appeared on Good Morning America on Sept. 19 to discuss not only her prognosis now, but her new album Unbroken, to be released on Sept. 20. She recently appeared at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in a concert where she revealed to fans, "A year ago today, I was not in a good place. 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."

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On GMA, Lovato appeared excited to start this new phase of her life. She stated to Robin Roberts, "I'm standing tall and confident and happy and healthy and proud. I wanted to do a song that would explain my journey, (her recent release Skyscraper). This song inspires my fans."

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She continued, "Coming forward and talking about it (overcoming cutting, an eating disorder and managing her bipolar disorder) has not only helped me personally, but others as well. When you have a problem or issue it becomes an elephant in the room. I have lots of fans who come forward to me at concerts and reveal that they can tell their parents about their own struggles because of me."

Lovato also experienced her first taste of backlash since returning to the limelight, when several online bloggers discussed her weight after a recent red carpet appearance. Lovato fired back online and on GMA by stating, "I'm Irish, Sicilian and Hispanic and I'm a little fiesty. I saw a lot of comments on Twitter (about my weight) and it's a big issue. What, I'm suppposed to succumb to your image of what beauty is? I want to be a role model for young girls."

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