7 Disney Channel Stars Who Were Abused by the People They Loved

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We all know that violence is far too common in today’s society, but most people think that celebrities are ~untouchable~, and that somehow they are above the horrors of the real world. However, that’s super far from the truth. In the past, we’ve heard dozens of cases of celebs affected by domestic abuse, and our hearts go out to those who go unrecognized for their strength in these situations.

Although Disney stars can seem so pure, and sometimes even privileged, from an outside perspective, they are just as vulnerable as everyone else when it comes to abuse. Some of the network’s actors and actresses were a victim of abuse by a parent, others by a partner and some by someone they barely even knew. Read on to see which of your favorite DC celebs overcame a history of abuse.

Demi Lovato

In 2013, Demi's dad unfortunately passed away due to cancer. Two years later, she posted a video on her YouTube channel, in which she called him "abusive." The singer explained that "he was mean, but he wanted to be a good person," and that she felt conflicting emotions when he passed, because he wasn't always a good parent. But the story ends on a more slightly more positive note — she wrote a powerful song on her Confident album called "Father," and dedicated it to her dad.

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Debby Ryan

While many people assumed Debby was living a perfect life at the height of her Disney career, she was secretly going through personal hell. The actress opened up about how she slowly noticed her S.O. "becoming more and more destructive, and getting emotionally and mentally abusive," a few years back. Luckily, she has since escaped the relationship and has started spreading awareness about dating violence through Mary Kay and Love Is Respect's "Don’t Look Away" campaign.

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Sarah Hyland

This Modern Family star was in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend Matt Prokop. She revealed that he would send her emotionally abusive texts and voicemails when they were apart, and that he once choked her so hard she could barely breathe. He even threatened his own suicide repeatedly.

By the end of their 5-year relationship, Sarah filed a restraining order against him so he'd stay away from her and her dog. Luckily, the 26-year-old found love again with Dom Sherwood and is happier than ever.

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Evan Peters

Back in 2013, American Horror Story actor Evan Peters was found outside his hotel room with a bloody nose, according to reports made by hotel guests. The injury occurred after a fight between himself and celeb girlfriend, Emma Roberts. A closer look revealed that she not only hit him, but also bit him.

Evan refused to press charges, and the couple got back together after the incident. Sigh.

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Keke Palmer

This Scream Queens actress recently revealed to her fans that she was sexually abused in the past. The details were vague, but she specifically said, "At the end of the day, I have experienced abuse, sexual abuse."

Keke went on to say that she had to work hard to overcome challenges and that (luckily) she's in a much healthier place now. She explained, "The reality is… it doesn't matter what your daddy did to you or what your mama did to you. It matters what you do to yourself."

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Lindsay Lohan

Almost a year ago, Lindsay and her then-fiance, Egor Tarabasov, had a physical altercationwhile celebrating her birthday in Mykonos, Greece. The actress went to retrieve a phone that she thew out of their moving vehicle (reportedly, it was Egor's), but was stopped when the man grabbed her in what looked like a painful twisting motion. The couple broke up shortly thereafter.

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Christina Aguilera

This OG Disney girl has always been open that her father played an extremely large role in her young life. He was physically and emotionally abusive from the time that Christina was only 4 years old. The pop star's mother rescued her children by taking them to live with their grandmother and the blonde turned to music as an outlet for her pain. Thank goodness she did, because not only is she a wildly successful artist, but she's also long past the feelings of being hurt and abused by her family member.

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