She was first recognized as Angela on Barney & Friends, and for Disney’s Sonny with a Chance, had battled some substance abuse, self harm, depression and an eating disorder due to ongoing pressures from her singing and acting career, checking into rehab last year.
In a recent interview with Metro, she said that she wanted to give up on singing after her stay.
“I thought, ‘I’m exhausted, people don’t understand and so many people are being negative towards me’,” she explained. “It’s hard. There are so many pressures that are put on to you when you’re in this industry.”
The nineteen year-old singer credited encouragement from her fans for motivating her to continue, adding:
”They’ve said I’m an inspiration for helping them deal with their issues… I didn’t expect that to happen. I just wanted to be a singer. It’s taken me on a more meaningful journey.”
At this moment she has said that she does not have plans for the future to return to acting and wants to focus on her singing career.