I cut myself to deal with anxiety: Demi Lovato

Updated: Jul 18, 2012, 09:20 AM IST

Los Angeles: Singer Demi Lovato, who has earlier been vague while discussing her self-harming, has opened up to say that she cut herself to deal with her inner anxiety.

The X Factor judge, 19, has generally been candid about what caused her to check into treatment in late 2010 for "emotional and physical issues", reported Us magazine.

"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," Lovato said.

"I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn`t care what happened. I had no fear."

Luckily, the former Disney star 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."