Demi Lovato is only 25 years old but like many child stars, she's packed a lot into that quarter century - navigating all the regular growing pain stuff like relationships, experimentation with drugs, sex etc in the full glare of the celebrity spotlight. A situation which has left many other kids actors, like Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin, really messed up. 

Which is possibly the driving reason Lovato made this documentary, to show her fans and other wannabe kid entertainers that it's not all rainbows and unicorns once you score a hit show or make a number one song.

Lovato scored her first role on Barney & Friends when she was just ten years old, but the role that put her on the fame map was Disney Channel's TV movie Camp Rock in 2008. The flick also launched her singing career, with Lovato recording a number of songs with the Jonas Brothers for the film's soundtrack and she released her first solo album that year. Disney then created a show for her, Sonny with a Chance cementing her place in the teen hall of fame.

However, dark times were ahead. First there was the punching incident of a backup dancer during the tour for her second album, then she went into treatment for emotional and physical issues including self-harm and an eating disorder, there was substance abuse, a bipolar diagnosis and relationship drama with ex-boyfriends Joe Jonas and later Wilmer Valderrama.

Lovato opens about all this and more on her searingly raw YouTube documentary Simply Complicated, which you can watch in full here:


Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: Demi Lovato’s searing documentary has it all