Demi Lovato thought about taking her own life aged seven

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Demi Lovato thought about taking her own life at the age of seven, she has revealed.

The singer said there were times her mum would be afraid to wake her up because she didn't know "if I'd be alive or not".

"At seven I knew if I were to take my own life that the pain would end," she told US TV host Dr Phil.

She said she continued to have suicidal thoughts when struggling with depression and her bipolar disorder.

The 25-year-old has been open about her struggles with mental health - including substance abuse, eating disorders and depression.

She has offered fans who have bought tickets to her latest tour free wellness and therapy sessions.

Demi told Dr Phil her suicidal thoughts were "driven by sadness, loneliness and depression".

She said she believes a lot of what she felt was to do with "unresolved issues" with her birth father.

She told Dr Phil her dad, who died in 2013, had mental health issues which meant he wasn't capable of raising a family.

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"That I hadn't dealt with yet.

"Now I've got older and I've been able to grieve the loss of him and I've been able to step back and look from a distance that he was mentally ill and it wasn't his heart that meant to abandon me, I've been able to overcome his loss and understand where everything went wrong.

"And that sadness has been going away."

On Friday, the singer celebrated her six-year anniversary of being sober during a performance in New York.

DJ Khaled and Kehlani encouraged fans to sing Happy Birthday to mark the occasion as they paid tribute to Demi on stage.

Demi told Dr Phil that she feels like she's conquered her addiction to alcohol but still has to work on her issues with food.

"My eating disorder started when I was very young and is something I work on on a daily basis.

"It's kinda the last thing to go. I feel like I've conquered my addiction and alcoholism in a way I don't think about it anymore.

"But my struggle with my food issues are something that I still deal with. But I'm growing and I'm in a really good place today."

For advice and information on mental health visit the BBC Advice pages.

Advice and support

If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, these organisations offer advice and support:

  • Samaritans - available 24 hours a day for anyone struggling to cope. A safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential
  • Papyrus and HOPELineUK - for young people considering suicide or if you are concerned about someone you know
  • CALM - aims to prevent male suicide in the UK and offers anonymous, confidential listening, information and signposting
  • Lifeline - support to people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland, regardless of age or district
  • CALL - emotional support and information on mental health and related matters to people in Wales
  • Breathing Space - a confidential phone and web service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety in Scotland
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - helps meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend

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