Demi Lovato on Her ‘Overworked’ Disney Days and the Status of Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus Friendships

Demi Lovato’s Disney days are part of her history and fans often want to know more about how that experience shaped her career and, of course, if she’s still close with her fellow Disney stars from back in the day. She revealed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that she’s not friends with all of them anymore and opened up about how “overworked” she was at the time.

Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Miley Cyrus attend the City of Hope Benefit Concert
Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Miley Cyrus | Lester Cohen/WireImage

Lovato is ‘grateful’ for the time but it wasn’t easy

Lovato became a household name when she starred in the Disney original movie Camp Rock and the show Sonny With a Chance. She’s grateful for that opportunity but there were a lot of the pitfalls of fame that came with it.

In the May 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Lovato addressed how being overworked played a role in her mental health, as she developed an eating disorder, experimented with drugs and alcohol, and entered rehab when she was 18.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities that I got,” Lovato acknowledged about that time. “Do I wish that I’d had more downtime? Yes. I think when you are a teenager and you’re given your big break, you’ll do anything to make it happen.”

The singer added, “I do feel that a lot of the way some of my life was handled and lived led to me kind of having a bit of a downfall, just because I was so overworked and I wasn’t dedicating enough time to my mental health or my personal life.”

She’s not still friends with all of her Disney-era pals

Lovato bonded with some of her fellow Disney Channel co-stars when she was a teen, but she’s not friends with all of them anymore. When asked about whether she and the Jonas Brothers are still in touch, “she shakes her head no,” the interviewer writes.

Her on-again/off-again relationship with Selena Gomez, who was her BFF back in the day is also over. “When you grow up with somebody, you’re always going to have love for them,” she said of Gomez. “But I’m not friends with her, so it [Gomez praising Lovato’s Grammys performance] felt…” Lovato didn’t finish the thought, but added, “I will always have love for her, and I wish everybody nothing but the best.”

She’s friends with Miley Cyrus

Lovato and Miley Cyrus, however, remain friends. “I talk to Miley. She’s awesome, and I love her to death and always will, always have. But I think she’s kind of the only one from that era that I still stay in touch with.”

The two addressed their friendship during a March Instagram Live for Cyrus’ show Bright Minded: Live With Miley.

“Life is moving so fast that it’s usually hard to slow ourselves down and appreciate people in our lives, and you’ve been that person for me for so many years and we’ve been friends for so long,” Cyrus said at the time.

“I feel like you’ve always been such a light and that’s why we connected at 14. We connected then because we just saw something in each other. Maybe it was because of spirituality or maybe it was just our hearts,” she added.