Demi Lovato Religion: Star 'Believes in God' and Plan for Her Struggles

Demi Lovato recently revealed that she believes in God and the fact that everything happens for a reason. She also spoke about her own upbringing and struggle with depression.

"I'm not super religious, but I grew up Christian and I believe in God," Lovato told Cosmopolitan magazine. "When I'm in L.A., I don't talk about it that much because people are very judgmental, but I just feel like God gave me a voice, not just to sing with. He put me through those things, which seemed horrible at the time, but they were so worth it. With the obstacles I've overcome, I can help people."

Lovato admitted that she was suicidal as a child and often relied upon the show "Barney & Friends" to help ease her depression and struggling.

"At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way," Lovato said.

The young actress has revealed her battle with bulimia and self-harm, even seeking professional treatment for cutting herself. However, there are still some secrets that Lovato won't speak about, no matter what.

"I've talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I've never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out," Lovato explained.

One of the songs on her new album describes one of those moments in a very vague way. Of course, music has always been an outlet for Lovato.

"There's a part of me I can't get back, a little girl grew up too fast, all it took was once, I'll never be the same, now I'm taking back my life today," Lovato sings in "Sonny With a Chance."

"My family knows what it's about," she told Cosmo. "When I'm ready to open up that subject with the outside world, then I'll be free to talk about it. But right now, it's kind of one of those things where the lyrics speak for me. It's all in the song."

Lovato admitted that she still struggles with feelings of insecurity and memories of her past, but she is getting better at dealing with the pain and has not hurt herself in a long time.