March 12, 2012 8:47am PT by Erin Carlson
Demi Lovato Fires Back at Bullies in Twitter Rant
Since her high-profile rehab visit, and subsequent career comeback, Demi Lovato is taking up a new cause: Twitter activist against cyberbullying.
"It really surprises me the hateful things people say on the internet.. After all the awareness of cyber-bullying... I mean wow. So sad," the 19-year-old "Skyscraper" singer and former star of the Disney Channel show Sonny With a Chance tweeted Sunday night.
In October 2010, Lovato left her tour with the Jonas brothers to enter a residential treatment center in Illinois; since checking out of the facility following a stay of several months, she carved a new reputation -- especially on Twitter -- for honesty and compassion toward others. Lovato has dealt with issues including bipolar disorder, bulimia and cutting.
"Praying for all the people in the world who feel it's okay to bully people over the internet," she wrote, following up with a decidedly more hostile message: "You must have had something really terrible happen to your childhood or you're really sick in the head. Must suck to be born without a heart."
Like many users on the micro-blogging site -- especially celebrities, who often gain more followers when they voice their opinions -- Lovato is prone to bursts of criticism. In December, she attacked her alma mater -- Disney -- for a joke about eating disorders on the show "Shake It Up." (The line in question: "I could just eat you up, well if I ate.")
"I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress' [sic] from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make joke about (it)," she said.
Lovato's third studio album, Unbroken, featuring the empowerment track "Skycraper," was released in September 2011, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.