Demi Lovato claims in a new interview that club and restaurant promoters supplied her with drugs and alcohol as a way to keep her as a patron.
"Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs," she told the British magazine Fabulous. "They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there. They were basically kissing my [expletive]. I thought they were my friends. I thought I was having fun."
Lovato underwent treatment for "emotional and physical issues" more than a year ago and has talked about her struggles with eating disorders in the past.
The singer and actress previously admitted to drug use. "I'm not going to lie. I was self-medicating," she said in an interview with Seventeen magazine in January. "I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain."
Lovato did not elaborate more about which drugs or medications she abused. When asked by Fabulous magazine about cocaine use, Lovato said, "It's something I don't really want to talk about."
"What I can say is that I was depressed. I would come off stage in front of 18,000 people and suddenly be alone in a hotel room," she added. "I'd come crashing down and would try to find a way to recreate that feeling, to stay 'up.'"
Lovato admitted that going to rehab "wasn't my idea, but I didn't fight it."
"It was really, really hard and scary," the singer and actress said of her rehab stay. "I was homesick and lonely and several times I thought [expletive] it, I'm leaving. But my mom told me I would regret it. This was my only chance."
"I had 14 hours of therapy a day. I listened to music and learned to knit. When I finally left, it was like being let out of prison," she added.
Lovato released her third studio album "Unbroken" in September 2011 and announced on her Twitter page on April 4 that she is writing songs for her fourth studio album.
"There were times I wish I'd been a normal teenager so I could make mistakes and not be scrutinized," Lovato said. "But I don't mourn the childhood I never had. I'd rather have been travelling the world and making albums than at high school."