Demi Lovato: ‘Body Image Issues Started Age 3’

Demi Lovato has discussed her ongoing battle with self-image issues on Katie Couric’s new chat show Katie.

In an interview due to air on Monday (September 24), she revealed that her insecurites date back to when she was just three years old.

“I remember being 3 years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach, and I remember thinking in my head ‘I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?’,” she said.

Bullying from classmates who labelled her ‘fat’ led the star to trouble with bullimia, depression and self-harm. “It played more of a toll on me than if I was physically abused in school,” she admitted.

“I’ve always said I wished that they had just hit me in the face and gotten it over with because what they said to me sticks to me to this day and it [turned] me into the person I am today.”

Couric also quizzed her on an incident in 2009 that saw her hit a back-up dancer in the face.

“I wasn’t really in control of my emotions at the time,” she answered. “I was just out of control and there’s no excuse for it but it definitely showed everyone I needed to get help and I think two days later I was checking into rehab.”

Lovato is currently a judge on The X Factor USA.