Demi Lovato opened up to Drew Barrymore about the struggles they shared being child stars in a new interview Tuesday (April 13).
Both women started in the entertainment business before the age of 10, with Lovato starring on Barney & Friends with Selena Gomez when they were both 7 years old and Barrymore securing her breakout role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was just 7 years old. But while their jobs made them go from children being taken care of by their families to taking care of their families as breadwinners, the Hollywood environment never taught them how to take care of themselves.
"There's no manual on how to raise a child star. And when the child star retorts back after the parent says, 'You're grounded for sneaking out at 3 in the morning,' whatever, I retorted with, 'Well, I pay the bills. What are you going to do? What are you doing to do to keep me grounded?' It was challenging," the pop star told Barrymore.