‘X Factor’ Judge Demi Lovato Talks Her Bipolar Diagnosis, Not Putting Up With Simon Cowell
Appearing on Tuesday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael, FOX’s new The X Factor judge, Demi Lovato said working with Britney Spears and L.A. Reid is amazing. But, what did she have to say about fellow judge and the competition’s mastermind Simon Cowell?
The pop sta, looking wide-eyed, simply joked, “Who?”
Laughing, she stated that the notoriously snarky judge is “really fun to work with too. We have a lot of fun together.”
What else did Lovato say about the Brit who likes to dish tough love to the contestants?
The 20-year old singer with the ever-changing hair color said that when Simon gives her lip, which appears to be often, “I give it back to him. I don’t put up with it. “
She continued, “I’m a southern girl who speaks her mind. If you’re going to dish it you might as well be able to take it.”
In addition to promoting The X Factor, Lovato also provided fans with some reassurance that she is doing well after receiving treatment last year for an eating disorder and self-injurious behavior. In August of 2011, the former Disney Channel star revealed she was struggling with Bipolar disorder, which causes severe highs and lows in your moods.
Reflecting on the situation, she told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, “Well you know I got into a situation in a different country where I actually ended up hurting one of my friends. I was just going through something so dark and I was very, very mentally sick. When I landed, after leaving the tour, my parents had planned an intervention and thank God I said, ‘Yes,’ because they actually were like, ‘We already called the police, so if you’re saying ‘no’ you’re kind of screwed. You’re going anyways.”
Lovato said it was a relief to know that there was a reason for her extreme highs and lows.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh that means I’m not really crazy! There’s a reason.’ It was just so awesome to be able to pinpoint a diagnosis for the reasons why I was extremely amazingly happy in a euphoric state and then the next month I was in this deep depression. I had everything great in my life and I had nothing to complain about, but I wasn’t happy.”
You can catch Lovato performing her hit single, “Give Your Heart a Break,” on Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards pre-show at 7 PM.
The X Factor premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 PM on FOX.