Singer Demi Lovato is an open book in her new YouTube full-length documentary “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.” The hour and eighteen-minute film directed by Hannah Lux Davis offers fans an unfiltered look at the 25-year-old’s life as one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Lovato leaves no topic untouched as the film discusses everything from her sobriety, eating disorder, and even her first major heartbreak.
Some of the most candid moments of the documentary involve Lovato talking about her past usage of cocaine and ongoing battle with binge-eating. Regarding her eating disorder which began at 8 years old, she says, “I had started working at that time and was under a lot of stress, so I would bake cookies for my family. I would eat all of them and nobody would have any to eat. That was my first memory of food being that medicine for me.” Lovato also discusses her experience with illegal substances by expressing, “I loved it. I felt out of control with the coke the first time that I did it.” During her road to recovery, Demi found working out to be a therapeutic outlet. She said, “The gym really helps and I know that I would be in a very dark place without it. Anytime I'm able to take my mind off of any of my addictions, it's very beneficial to me."
Her transparency about the trials and tribulations of her life brings awareness to the very rampant issue of eating disorders and drug usage amongst young adults. Over 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder in America and the health effects for disorders such as binge eating can include high cholesterol levels, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Using drugs such as cocaine can lead to cardiac arrest, seizures, and strokes. “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” appropriately illustrates the dangers of eating disorders and drug addiction. To learn more about Lovato’s ongoing recovery journey and get an exclusive look at her life, you can watch the official documentary BELOW!