Troubled Disney Star Quits Show

Apr 20, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Demi Lovato, the star of the Disney Channel program "Sonny With a Chance," has decided not to return to the show so she can focus on her health and music career, reports People.com.

"I don’t think going back to ‘Sonny’ would be healthy for my recovery," Lovato said, according to the piece. Lovato returned from three months of residential treatment in January, having reportedly been treated for an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other personal issues.

She noted that being in front of a camera now "would make me nervous."

Lovato, 18, will continue to record under Disney’s Hollywood Records label, the story says. Lovato ‘s acting career got a boost when she starred in Disney Channel’s 2008 original movie "Camp Rock" with the Jonas Brothers. "Sonny With a Chance" debuted in 2010.

Disney supported her decision to leave the show, which the network said will be rebooted as a sketch comedy show under the title “So Random!”

A rep for Disney Channel said in a statement: "We respect Demi’s decision to focus full time on her music and not immediately return to her acting career. She is a talented young woman and our hearts are with her as she continues to take action to improve her health and bounce back from adversity."

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