Demi Lovato reveals why she used to self-harm

Updated: Jul 17, 2012, 19:14 PM IST

Washington: Demi Lovato has admitted that she needed to do “something physical” in order to cope with her negative feelings.

The 19-year-old singer has lifted the lid on what caused her to self-harm, which was one of the reasons she went into rehab in October 2010.

“There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin – that if I didn’t do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode,” People magazine quoted her as telling Self magazine.

“I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn’t care what happened. I had no fear,” she said.

The former Disney star now has been making positive strides on a daily basis.

“I make time for myself and meditate. I’ve spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder.

“I have to work on this stuff every day. I’m reminded of that whenever I eat or feel down,” she said.

Lovato has also made a surprising change in recent days that she believes is part of her new, healthier lifestyle, and cutting down on the use of her cell phone.

“I haven’t used my cell in three months. Subconsciously, it was a crutch.

“When a room gets quiet, what do you do? Grab your phone! Now I can sit and have conversations with people,” she added.