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Demi Lovato recently sat down with Ellen DeGeneres, and not only did she perform her hit single "Skyscraper", but she candidly discussed her trip to rehab and gave a message to other young girls struggling with eating disorders.

On her "meltdown":
    "It was called a mess. I don’t know what to really call it but yeah, I’ve called it a break down, a melt down. I went from being at the highlight of my career. Having a movie about to come out or just come out and being on this tour. Having so much success. So many things were going great in my life and then all of the sudden my personal life just went down at crazy speeds. I had a negative break down and it changed my life forever but I’m glad that it did because if I had never gone into the treatment. I don’t know if one, I’d even be sitting here today. Two, if I’d be alive today."

Demi's advice to young girls battling weight issues:
    "One of thereasons why I became so out spoken when I decided to come out of treatment and talk about my issues was because when I grew up and I was dealing with the pressures to be thin. It was the time in the tabloids when very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine and that’s what I was looking up to. That’s what I had to idolize. I don’t want that for young girls to idolize ... There was nobody out there for me to look at and say, maybe this is unhealthy. Maybe starving myself isn’t the answer. So I want to be that for a 13-year-old girl at home deciding whether or not to eat dinner or an 18-year-old deciding whether or not to keep her breakfast down. There needs to be a role model out there and for the first time in my life I actually feel like one."

Demi's full interview airs on Tuesday, September 20th on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.