The singer said boyfriend Valderrama "noticed" her eating disorder and got her back on track

By Jeff Nelson
Updated December 06, 2014 10:00 AM
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Demi Lovato has always been upfront about her body-image issues, and though she’s more comfortable in her skin today, she still has insecurities – but boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama has helped her through them.

The “Really Don’t Care” singer entered treatment in 2010 for an eating disorder and self-harm and admits in the new issue of Fitness that she was still struggling with bulimia in the summer of 2013.

“It was difficult. I almost went back to rehab for my eating disorder last summer. I was obsessing over food and terrified of it at the same time,” the former Disney star, 22, said. “Wilmer noticed and called me out on it, which was a relief. I was done being afraid of food and so tired of overeating and not knowing why I did it.”

Today, though, she’s healthy and practices portion control.

Lovato and That ’70s Show alum Valderrama, 34, have been linked romantically on and off since 2010. While the pair are fiercely private, they recently shared a pic celebrating Halloween together.

Between a supportive beau and removing herself from “yes-people,” Lovato – who also lives with bipolar disorder – is comfortable with her curves.

“I’ve learned to appreciate my body for it is,” the SoulCyle devotee told the magazine. “I recently saw pictures from my first tour, and I spent that whole summer performing in the heat in a red leather jacket because I was ashamed to show my arms. And that was when I was 105 pounds! This tour, I’ve had the confidence to show my arms at every single concert. It may seem like a small thing, but for me, that’s huge.”

Having put a dark past behind her, Lovato’s committed to living happy and healthy.

“I’d rather be strong and happy than be what society thinks is thin and perfect and be miserable.”