Insider: Mickey Mouse Not to Blame for Demi Lovato's Breakdown

Source insists outside pressures didn’t push Lovato into treatment

By Ted Casablanca, Taryn Ryder Nov 05, 2010 5:55 PMTags
Demi LovatoABC/ Heidi Gutman

"No. She had just had a long break [before going on tour in South America]. This is all about a pre-existing condition she's now dealing with."

—A close confidant to Demi Lovato when we pressed if the singer felt any pressure to keep go, go, going from Disney

It seems like the babe has been working nonstop since filming Camp Rock 2 (and then promoting it with ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas). Was it all just too much?

"I don't think Demi or others are suffering too much from Disney's pressure," says our source. "You have to remember, this is just where most young stars happen to be right now.

"It used to be network TV, with shows like Saved by the Bell, now it just happens to be at Disney because that's just where the talent happens to be, and more people notice it. It's not because of Disney."

Our source insists—not sure if that's good or bad news—that outside pressures didn't get to her.

"Look, this is a beautiful 18-year-old woman, incredibly talented, touring with enough breaks when needed. This is not about pressure or Disney, this is about a pre-existing condition, nothing more.

"Demi has a long history of battling these issues," explains our insider, referring to reports out there addressing Lovato's emotional distress.

"She was bullied in school, has fought through eating disorders and has struggled with cutting. This has been a lifetime struggle, and Demi is taking control by reaching out for help."

As we keep saying, totally mature of D.L. to realize that herself.

Our thoughts are with you!