Demi Lovato, who checked into rehab last October for “emotional and physical” issues, is not returning to the hit Disney show she starred in, Sonny with a Chance.
“It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music,” 18-year-old Lovato told People. “It’s kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn’t be a better time for me to move on.”
“I don’t think going back to Sonny would be healthy for my recovery,” says Lovato, who completed three months of rehab in January. “Being in front of a camera would make me nervous.”
A rep for the Disney Channel said in a statement: “We respect Demi’s decision to focus fulltime on her music and not immediately return to her acting career. She is a talented young woman and our hearts are with her as she continues to take action to improve her health and bounce back from adversity.”
Lovato will continue to record under Disney’s label Hollywood Records.
The young actress and singer says her decision to leave Sonny is “nerve-racking” but, she’s “really excited to see where everything goes.”