‘Miley Cyrus Is Figuring Out Who She Is’: Demi Lovato Defends Star As She Opens Up About Her Past Battles

Demi Lovato has opened up in a candid new interview about her highly publicised stint in rehab, but insists, despite her past battles, she is in no position to give advice to today’s crop of pop stars including Miley Cyrus.

The X Factor USA judge spent four months in rehab from October 2010 to January 2011 to deal with “physical and emotional issues,” and has since been open about her battles, becoming a role model to her fans.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly the 21-year-old admits though that she used to have a very different attitude to being someone her devotees could look up to. Confessing that she used to share the attitude of some stars, who insist they’re not here to be role models, Demi says:

“I used to say that too. That was my excuse to do whatever the f*** I wanted and not give a s*** about what other people thought. Then I ended up going through some stuff. I realized I’m never going to escape the fact that I’m in the public eye, so I might as well do the best I can.”

Whilst she’s more than happy to be a positive idol for her fans, Demi insists she’s in no position to give her celeb peers advice. Of Miley Cyrus, the Skyscraper singer says: “She’s having fun and figuring out who she is, and this is the age when that happens. I think that… [long pause and a smile] she’s doing her own thing. Good for her.”

With her second series as a judge on X Factor and a book hitting stores this week, Demi admits she is incredibly grateful for her continued success:

“When I was in treatment, I honestly thought my career was over,” she says. “But when I came out of treatment, I had more supportive fans than ever.”

Whilst Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year is out this month, the star is also planning a tell-all memoir, but she’s wtill working out on how much she’ll reveal in the book:

“I’m battling with internal thoughts on how honest I should be. Yes, I’ve been very honest, but if people really knew how dark and deep my struggles got — not just with my eating disorder but with drugs and alcohol — they’d be really shocked. But I’ll most likely end up saying everything. Maybe it’ll help other people in the industry who are headed down the wrong path.”