Demi Lovato’s Dad Blames Show-Biz ‘Pressures’ for Her Breakdown

Did Disney have a hand in Demi Lovato’s decision to enter rehab? Her estranged father, Patrick Lovato, seems to think so.

The elder Lovato, who divorced the 18-year-old Disney queen’s mother, Dianne, in 1994 and has had limited contact with his daughter since then, is speaking up about Demi’s decision to enter a rehab facility for treatment to Radar Online, and he points his finger squarely at the demands that fame has placed on Demi:

“There are a lot of pressures. That is one of the things I worried about when she signed with Disney…It’s just going to happen.”

The elder Lovato, who last saw the Camp Rock star in 2008, admits that it was a shock when he heard news that his daughter had chosen to enter rehab for what her publicist called “emotional physical issues,” saying he “didn’t know anything about it.” And while sources have intimated that bullying—a topic that the younger Lovato has vocally spoken out against over the years—was central to the issues that drove her to rehab, Patrick claims that he had no awareness that his daughter had been bullied in school, admitting,

“No I sure didn’t [know].”

Mr. Lovato further claims ignorance about rumors that Demi had engaged in cutting in the past; when asked if his daughter had ever been a cutter, he replied, “I can’t say.”

Nonetheless, the elder Lovato, who is currently battling cancer, remains confident that his daughter will pull through her current troubles:

“She’ll be fine. She’s strong alright.”