Demi Lovato Exits Disney Series: 'I Don't Think It Would Be Healthy for My Recovery'

As speculated, given the seriousness of her recent personal ordeals, Demi Lovato has decided not to return to her starring role on the Disney Channel comedy Sonny With a Chance.

“I don’t think going back to Sonny would be healthy for my recovery,” the actress/singer tells People. “Being in front of a camera would make me nervous.”

Lovato, 18, dropped out of a tour with the Jonas Brothers last October to enter a treatment program to address “emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time,” her rep said at the time. The starlet has since revealed that she has battle an eating disorder since age 8, been a “cutter” since 11, and hit a backup dancer on the aforementioned tour, prompting her decision to seek treatment.

“It’s kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended,” Lovato says of leaving Sonny, “but there couldn’t be a better time for me to move on.”

Disney Channel’s response is a nurturing one. “We respect Demi’s decision to focus full-time on her music and not immediately return to her acting career,” the cabler said in a statement. “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.”

In Lovato’s absence, Sonny With a Chance — which starred the Disney teen queen as Midwest lass-gone-Hollywood Sonny Munroe — will be rejiggered as a sketch comedy program titled So Random!, to premiere in June.

Do you commend Lovato’s awareness to know how much is too much and, unlike some of today’s young stars, not burn the candle at both ends?

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