Demi Lovato Shares First Public Message Following Her Overdose

On Sunday, Demi Lovato shared her first public message since being hospitalized for a drug overdose in July.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” Lovato wrote on Instagram. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”

The singer also thanked her family, friends, fans, hospital staff and God for all the love and support she’s received so far, adding:

I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.

I will keep fighting.

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Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety last March. In June, she released a song called “Sober,” sharing with fans that she had relapsed. After her most recent overdose, a source told E! News Lovato agreed to go to rehab because “she wants to make a statement to her fans, family and friends that she is strong and can recover.”

This is not the first mental health battle Lovato has shared with fans. The singer has been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. She entered treatment for the first time in 2010, where she was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder after years of struggling with her mental health.

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