Demi Lovato has opened up about her past in the August issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, revealing that she was suicidal at age seven.
But the singer's first job in front of the cameras, on childrens show Barney & Friends, may be what saved her.
“At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling," she says.
"Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who’s ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child’s heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it.
"Even before Barney, I was suicidal," she adds. "I was seven. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way… I’ve talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I’ve never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out.”
Demi recently told Rolling Stone magazine that she was forced to sign a suicide contract by her school principal when she was seven also.
Check out more photos and Demi's full interview in the August Cosmo, on newsstands July 9.