Demi Lovato leaving `Sonny With a Chance'
Demi Lovato is leaving “Sonny With a Chance,” the Disney Channel TV series that made her a star.
In an interview with People magazine, Lovato said she didn’t “think going back to ‘Sonny’ would be healthy for my recovery.” Instead, she said she wants to focus on her music career.
The 18-year-old entered a treatment facility for three months last year to deal with what were termed emotional and physical issues.
In a statement Tuesday, Disney Channel said it respects Lovato’s decision to focus on her music and “not immediately” return to acting. “Sonny” will continue airing as a spinoff titled “So Random,” with the original show’s cast, guest stars and musical acts, Disney said.
The company also offered its support while Lovato works to “improve her health and bounce back from adversity.”
In an interview airing Friday on “Good Morning America” and “20/20,” Lovato recounted developing an eating disorder as an 8-year-old who faced bullying. She later started cutting her wrists to vent her despair, she said.
“I’ve spoken openly about being bullied throughout the past few years, but one thing that I’ve never been able to feel comfortable talking about was the effects that it had on my life, afterwards,” Lovato told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.
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