The terrible truth about child stardom

Demi Lovato explores the horrors of child stardom in new documentary

Stars Insider

17/03/23 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Child stars

As social media brings us all closer to celebrities than ever before, many stars are choosing to keep their children out of the spotlight. Given what we're learning about the effects of growing up in the public eye, it certainly seems like the safest choice. Many of the child stars who came up through the likes of the Disney Channel and 'The Mickey Mouse Club' are now fully-fledged adults who are looking back at their experiences and sharing the dark truths about exploitation and abuse. Even those who weren't directly harmed by the adults around them still have their fair share of trauma to work through.

Demi Lovato knows this better than most. The singer and actress grew up working with the Disney Channel and has since had issues with substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental illness. Lovato is now working on a Hulu documentary that focuses on the realities of being a child star, and what happens when popularity starts to fade. "There is no better film or topic for my directorial debut than this story, which is close to home," she said in a statement. "Our project sheds light on important messages about growing up in the public eye, learning to protect our boundaries and becoming active advocates of our own destinies."

The names of the documentary's other participants are currently under wraps, but Lovato has confirmed that she will be talking to several other former child stars about their experiences in the industry. It's expected to be released sometime in 2024. 

Child labor is prohibited around the world for good reason, but the entertainment industry has always been a controversial exception. Click through this gallery to read about what it's really like to be a child star.

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