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Demi Lovato

Bullying is the

Root Problem

11/2/2010 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The issues that Disney superstar Demi Lovato is hoping to tackle in her treatment center all stem from a painful history of being bullied ... sources extremely close to the singer tell TMZ.

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We're told Demi's issues with bullies go all the way back to middle school -- where she felt her acting career made her a target.  Our sources say Demi subsequently engaged in self-destructive behavior that is a manifestation of being bullied. 

In fact -- back in 2008, Demi told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so badly in 7th grade, she pulled out of her middle school and switched to a home school program.

110210_demi_lovato_ellen_video3As we first reported, Lovato just quit her international concert tour with the Jonas Brothers ... and admitted herself into a treatment center for "emotional and physical issues."

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121.

Anon    

Actually, this bullying thing isn't really much of an excuse at all. She isn't trying to get out of her responsibilities. Before this whole thing about the dancer even came out, she was talking about how she was bullied. So, she isn't really using it as an excuse. This would be a really serious issue if she just used it as an excuse. I should know. One of my friends was harassed in eighth grade and contemplated suicide. This would just be too serious to put off as an excuse. But i can't really say much about who she is and what she does. I just don't think she was using bullying as an excuse.

1221 days ago
122.

tamirra    

what's wrong with you ppl??? some ppl can't handle bullying and that stuff really travels with them as they get older. just 'cause you may be strong and oh I'll beat that person up if they try and bully me doesn't mean a lot of ppl are. some ppl are so traumatized by the fact that they would even be a victim, even that can do something to a person. if you don;t like demi fine but don't talk crap about her because she was bullied. half of you were probably bullied when you were younger or even are bullies yourself. i swear humanity has gone down the drain. AND SHE DIDN'T DO DRUGS PPL!!!

1169 days ago
123.

not needed    

i think that this story relates to something depper that happened when she was young, because if i were a superstar i would not want to be putting myself out like that. she probably just wanted to get some more attention, but i am not her so i wouldn't know. but something seems fishy about her timing and then the campaign starts . if i were in her position that would be the perfect cover up to hide something depper

1075 days ago
124.

katy    

it's her fault i hate her soooooooooo much

942 days ago
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