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Q&A With Demi Lovato

The chart-topping singer opens up about her health and her career.
By Lauren Paige Kennedy
WebMD Magazine - Feature

From a field of former Disney teen stars -- think Selena, Miley, plus their older pop sisters Britney and Christina -- Demi Lovato, 21, is one of the most relatable. In 2010, she entered a rehab facility to deal with issues of depression, bulimia, addiction, and cutting, and she's been equally forthright about her subsequent journey to health. Now, the youngest X Factor judge has a new self-titled album that documents that journey. We caught up with her in between tour dates -- and after surgery to have her tonsils removed -- to ask how she's feeling, emotionally and physically, in the months after her father's sudden passing.

How did your throat surgery go? And how soon until we hear your voice again?

It was tough, but I'm feeling so much better now. I felt like I had a terrible sore throat for at least 2 weeks. I was really nervous before the surgery: I asked the doctor if he'd ever had anyone die from anesthesia before. (In case you're wondering, he said, "No.") I'm going to be singing again very soon!

Did this surgery offer a permanent remedy?

I had enlarged and impacted tonsils, so I've been dealing with chronic tonsillitis for as long as I can remember. I'd get sick every couple of weeks. Awful! I was supposed to get my tonsils out when I was 15, but my schedule was [too] crazy. Now that my tonsils are removed, I should be good.

You also broke your foot earlier this year. Are you fully recovered?

I'm a bit clumsy sometimes. Honestly, it was so challenging to not be able to use my leg. It really made me thankful for everyday things, like getting up to get myself [a glass of] water. It was a long recovery process -- about 3 months -- but I'm good as new. I had to perform in a medical boot, because I had tour dates in Asia and Russia right after the accident. I had my boot studded and covered in leather, then hit the stage!

How do you stay healthy and balanced while touring?

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