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Lovato not returning to TV's 'Sonny'

Demi Lovato attends the premiere of the film Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experiece in Los Angeles on February 24, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
Demi Lovato attends the premiere of the film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experiece" in Los Angeles on February 24, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- The Disney Channel has confirmed actress and singer Demi Lovato will not return to the U.S. television series, "Sonny with a Chance."

Lovato, 18, had starred on the sitcom since it debuted in 2010.

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She began treatment for "physical and emotional issues" last October and left rehab in January. She has since revealed in interviews that she suffered from depression, and had body-image and self-abuse problems.

"It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music," Lovato told People magazine. "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. Being in front of a camera would make me nervous."

"We respect Demi's decision to focus full-time on her music and not immediately return to her acting career," a Disney Channel publicist said in a statement. "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."

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People.com said "Sonny" will be retooled as a sketch comedy show called "So Random!," which will premiere in June.

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