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Instead of receiving gifts for her 18th birthday, Disney star Demi Lovato gave a huge present to her family: a new house.

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"I just bought a house," Lovato told People. "For me to give [that] to my family on my birthday, that was the best present."

Lovato said she purchased a Mediterranean style home outside of Los Angeles. She plans to keep close to her family by living in a house on the property's backyard. "It's got pretty much everything you could possibly imagine in it," she said. "It's the most beautiful, homey-feeling house. I love it."

The teen star also opened up about her very public breakup from 21-year-old Joe Jonas, with whom she co-stars in Disney's Camp Rock 2 (premiering Friday, Sept. 3 at 8/7c).

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"I learned my lesson," said. "It's not very much fun when you break up in a public relationship. So, maybe next time keep a secret. ...I'll go public when I marry someone one day."