Demi Lovato Speaks Out

Demi Lovato was bullied in junior high and now she’s a celebrity spokesperson for the Pacer’s Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention.

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You might think that Demi Lovato has the perfect life. After all, the 18-year-old singer and actress not only stars in the Disney Channel hit series Sonny With a Chance, but she also performs with the Jonas Brothers and makes guest appearances on prime-time shows like Grey’s Anatomy.

But not so long ago, Demi was locking herself in a school bathroom stall just to get away from girls who bullied her relentlessly. In junior high, these girls sent around a petition titled “We Hate Demi.” They sent Demi hateful text messages, accused her of stealing, and even threatened to beat her up.

Eventually, the tormenting got so bad that Demi decided to be homeschooled. “I always pinned it on myself and said there must have been something I did wrong,” she told People magazine. “They say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you. But that’s totally not true. Words can hurt. There were things that were said to me that I’ve never forgotten.”

Now Demi is taking a stand. As a celebrity spokesperson for the Pacer Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention, Demi is helping to spread the word about how teens can break the bullying cycle.

So has Demi finally put her middle-school trauma behind her? She sure has. “I started using the bullying as motivation to succeed,” she says. “And now that I’ve overcome all of that, it’s made me a strong person.”

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