LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress/singer Demi Lovato attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Augus
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Demi Lovato has always been extraordinarily open about her past struggles with depression, body image and addiction. At one point in her very young life she was self-medicating with alcohol, cocaine and OxyContin. It's bleak, and she's stronger than ever for overcoming it.

In a new interview with American Way, Lovato managed to be even more explicit about her struggles, telling the publication:

"I didn’t go into treatment thinking, ‘OK, now I’m going to be an inspiration.' At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility, but now, it’s really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable.”

She continues to reflect: “I lived fast and I was going to die young. I didn’t think I would make it to 21," detailing her stint in rehab: "So now I’m in rehab, and I thought, ‘Oh great, now the world thinks I’m just another stereotype.’"

Read the rest of the conversation here. Then watch up-and-coming teen talent Bea Miller talk about her great friendship with Lovato, below.