Lanford Beard
March 07, 2012 AT 04:35 PM EST

During last night’s MTV special Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, the “Skyscraper” singer revealed she “hated” how her high-profile start at Disney made her a role model for young girls. Lovato has candidly discussed her struggles with drugs and and body image, and she said she felt “shame” at how her public image didn’t measure up with her private behavior.

Lovato admitted she felt like a hypocrite because she “was partying… self-medicating.” She would wonder, “Why would you [parents] want your kids to be like me?” According to Lovato, the stress led to even more self-destructive behavior:  “I harmed myself. It was my way of taking my own shame and my own guilt out on myself, and I was just depressed.”

See Lovato touch on these issues in Stay Strong‘s preview below.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Do you think the pressure on teen starlets (and actors in general) is too great? Do you applaud Lovato for her honesty about her past struggles?

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