Demi Lovato connects with Drew Barrymore about the difficulties of being a childhood ‘breadwinner’

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Demi Lovato, 28, and Drew Barrymore, 46, discovered they had a lot in common during a candid conversation about the new podcast 4D with Demi Lovato.

The pair were mostly connected because they were childhood “breadwinners” after hitting the big time in Hollywood at a young age and struggling with drug and alcohol addiction at a young age.

“I’m not sure you can remember what you did when you were 8 years old,” Lovato said in the episode. “I was with Barney and Friends as a kid, but in many ways I felt grown up.”

Common Ground: Demi Lovato, 28, and Drew Barrymore, 46, discussed the complicated nature of childhood breadwinners on the new podcast 4D with Demi Lovato

While Demi started earning an impressive salary on Barney, actress Drew Barrymore had her big break at age six as Gertie in ET the Extraterrestrial.

“I noticed that when I came into the limelight at a young age, and when I was the breadwinner, there was no manual for my parents to read and it said, “This is what you have to do to raise a child star” Lovato said on the podcast. “They didn’t understand.”

“So when they tried to arrest me when I was 17, I said, ‘I’ll pay the bills’. And now I cringe when I think about that attitude,” they said. “But when the world puts you on a pedestal, you think you can’t do anything wrong. As I get older, I see my parents just like big children themselves.’

“I noticed that when I came into the limelight at a young age, and when the breadwinner was the breadwinner, there was no manual for my parents to read and it said:

“I noticed that when I came into the limelight at a young age, and when I was the breadwinner, there was no manual for my parents to read and it said, “This is what you have to do to raise a child star” Lovato said on the podcast. “They didn’t understand.”

“No wonder you don’t take orders from an authority figure who is no longer an authority figure, because you’ve now brought them back with finances and responsibilities,” Drew said in response.

Add: ‘I have amazing realizations about my own children and how little I understood what boundaries were. I didn’t let them grow up.’

The talk show host shares daughters Frankie and Olive with her ex-husband Will Kopelman.

Drew also reflected on her troubled childhood in the spotlight, in which she was institutionalized at a very young age, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and emancipated by 14.

“So if they tried to arrest me when I was 17, I'd say:

“So when they tried to arrest me when I was 17, I said, ‘I’ll pay the bills’. And now I cringe when I think about that attitude,” they said. “But when the world puts you on a pedestal, you think you can’t do anything wrong. As I get older, I see my parents just like big children themselves.’

“She didn’t know what to do with me,” Barrymore said of her own mother. “She created a monster.”

Drew recalled how her mother took her to nightclubs like Studio 54 as a child and used her fame to skip the line.

“I didn’t get the 30-day Malibu treatment center,” Barrymore recalls. “It wasn’t like I was in it at all. I was in the hardcore Van Nuys Psychiatric. You pretended, you were thrown into gurney cuffs or solitary.’

“I’m not sure if you can remember what you were doing when you were 8 years old,” Lovato said in the episode. “I was with Barney and Friends as a kid, but in many ways I felt grown up.” (Demi pictured in 2004 Camp Rock)

‘First of all, you were Van Nuys. I was San Bernardino,” Demi said of their own stay in a facility. “Wow, I’m glad we can hang out.”

Demi recently launched the popular new podcast earlier this month and came out as non-binary in the first episode. Lovato now uses the pronouns she/she.

The Camp Rock alumnus, who identifies as pansexual, said they don’t want to be seen as an “expert or spokesperson” and has “opened up another level of vulnerability” by sharing the news with their fans.

Their truth: Demi recently launched the popular new podcast earlier this month and came out as non-binary in the first episode.  Lovato now uses the pronouns she/she

Their truth: Demi recently launched the popular new podcast earlier this month and came out as non-binary in the first episode. Lovato now uses the pronouns she/she

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