Demi Lovato Shares Struggles With Concert Crowd

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During a performance in New York, the singer said that last year she "was not in a good place."

Demi Lovato took the stage at New York’s Hammerstein ballroom on Saturday to perform to a crowd of adoring fans. With just days until the release of her album, Unbroken, the 19-year-old singer had more to share than just a few songs.

Lovato took a moment to talk candidly about her struggles in the past year. As she was preparing to sing her most recent single, “Skyscraper,” she paused to speak to the audience.

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“A year ago today ... I was not in a good place,” she said. “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 spent three months in a facility last year, dealing with “emotional and physical issues.” She has spoken openly about being bullied as a child, and had an eating disorder. She also said that she later turned to cutting.

“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,” she said to the crowd.

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Lovato, who starred on The Disney Channel’s Sonny with a Chance, performed in New York as a promotion for her third studio album, which will hit stores on September 20.

“SO excited for the show tonight!,” she wrote on her Twitter just hours before the show. “You guys are the best... NYC are you READY?!!!!”

Lovato will also perform at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia on September 23. Both of the shows sold out in minutes after the tickets went on sale in August.

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