Disney Stars – Too Much Too Young?

Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato on a night out

Demi Lovato is in rehab and Miley Cyrus is preaching that she “Can’t Be Tamed”, clearly shown in the recent video of her smoking a bong. It’s hard to believe that these girls have only just turned 18 and are seen as role models to young girls. Sure, the girls may be troubled; Lovato has openly spoken about how bullying led her to self-harm before and Cyrus is currently dealing with her parents divorce but is life in the public eye the reasoning for the paths they have taken in their life?

Cyrus has been in the public eye since the age of 12 and has had a career full of controversies. From apparent “racist” photo scandals to provocative photographs being leaked, she has been criticised for many of her decisions throughout her teenage life. Earlier this year, Cyrus released a song “Can’t Be Tamed”, again a very provocative image was shown throughout her promotion of the single and there was yet more uproar with people saying this girl shouldn’t be a role model.

The biggest scandal of Cyrus’ career has to be the recent video that has surfaced online of her smoking a bong of legalised drug Salvia and claiming she’s having a “bad trip” and is hallucinating a vision of her ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth. Whilst a statement has yet to be made from a representative of Miley Cyrus, her father, Billy Ray Cyrus took to his twitter to say:

“Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. Im so sad. There is much beyond my control right now.”

This new Disney star controversy has also taken the spotlight away from Camp Rock star Demi Lovato, who at the beginning of November checked into a treatment centre due to “emotional and physical” issues. A rep has since said:

“Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time. Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help.  She is doing just that. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.”

Amongst other rumours that Lovato was self-harming again, was doing cocaine and got in a fight with Twilight star Ashley Greene, the new girlfriend of her ex Joe Jonas, it has been revealed that Lovato got into an altercation with a backing dancer from her tour. The dancer, Alex Welch, was planning an on-camera interview, but a request was made from Lovato’s publicist to wait until the legal negotiations had been finished.

Whilst I still find it shocking that these girls are only just 18 and that life in the public eye has pushed them to this, you have to wonder, is it all Disney’s fault for putting them in the public eye?

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