November 3rd, 2010
12:14 PM ET
Demi Lovato's dad is speaking out about his troubled daughter, claiming that Hollywood pressure is at the heart of her problems.
The 18-year-old singer/actress announced Monday that she was checking into a medical center to overcome "emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time," and her dad, Patrick Lovato, tells RadarOnline that fame is to blame.
“There are a lot of pressures," he says. "That is one of the things I worried about when she signed with Disney."
Both Patrick and his ex-wife Dianne were in a band when Demi was young, and so he understands how tough touring can be for his daughter. But, he says, “She grew up around it so I guess that's why she went into it; I guess it's in her genes with her mom and her dad."
Though Demi has reportedly struggled with bullying, cutting and eating disorders, Patrick – who reportedly hasn't seen her since 2008 – says he was unaware of her problems.
But, he tells Radar Online, "She’ll be fine. She’s strong alright."
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