“I lost my virginity in a rape” – says American singer Demi Lovato

Demetria Devonne Lovato is a famous American singer and actress. After marking her debut in children’s television series Barney & Friends (2002–2004), she hogged the limelight for her role in Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical television film Camp Rock (2008) and also its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010).

The former movie’s original sound track included “This Is Me”, Lovato’s duet with Joe Jonas became a top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100.

As of 2017, the female American singer has sold over 2 million albums and 20 million singles in the United States, as per Billboard. She received several accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, 14 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, and 2 Latin American Music Awards.

"I lost my virginity in a rape" - says American singer Demi Lovato

Interestingly, she also possesses 1 Guinness World Record and was also included on the Time 100 annual list in 2017. Apart from her singing prowess in the entertainment industry, she is also an activist for several social causes.

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato, says she was ‘raped’ during her childhood and was also “sexually assaulted” by her drug dealer in July 2018, on the night she had a drug overdose and almost drew her last breath

“I didn’t just overdose. I was taken advantage of,” the 28-year-old singer-songwriter added in her documentary series, “Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil”, which premiered at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, reported by People magazine.

“When they found me, I was naked, blue. I was literally left for dead after he took advantage of me. When I woke up in the hospital, they asked if we had had consensual sex. There was one flash that I had of him on top of me. I saw that flash and I said yes. It wasn’t until a month after the overdose that I realised, ‘you weren’t in any state of mind to make a consensual decision’,” she added.

In the series, Lovato narrates not just the distress of the particular night but an earlier sexual assault also. “When I was a teenager, I was in a very similar situation. I lost my virginity in a rape.

I was part of that Disney crowd that publicly said they were waiting until marriage. I didn’t have the romantic first time. That was not it for me — that sucked. Then I had to see this person all the time so I stopped eating and coped in other ways,” she echoed that the person who assaulted her “never got in trouble for it”.

“They never got taken out of the movie they were in. I always kept it quiet because I’ve always had something to say. I don’t know, I’m tired of opening my mouth. Here’s the tea,” she added in a statement.