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How Fans Are Showing Demi Lovato She Can Still Be a Role Model After Her Relapse

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On Tuesday, TMZ reported that singer and mental health advocate Demi Lovato was hospitalized due to a drug overdose. Lovato, who has always been open about her history of addiction, her struggle with an eating disorder and her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, had just last month released a song called “Sober,” where she revealed she had relapsed.

Since her hospitalization, fans and celebrities alike have come together to support Lovato as she recovers. One fan account, Demi Lovato News, started the hashtag .

The owner of the account, who identified themselves as a “Lovatic” from Texas, says they started the hashtag to show how much Lovato has done for her fans.

“Since the news [of Lovato’s overdose] broke there was an outpouring of love… but I also did notice some not so nice things being said,” they told The Mighty. “In particular, someone saying how Demi wasn’t a role model.”

They were encouraged to start the hashtag to show that despite her relapse, Lovato was still someone to look up to.

For roughly 6 years she’s been very open about her struggles and has helped millions of people find the courage to seek help, ask for help as well as start conversations about mental health issues and addiction. I also feel that Demi may as well feel like she let her fans down so I wanted to show her the same support she’s given her Lovatics countless times, during this difficult journey she’s currently on. I hope that she sees it eventually and realizes that we understand what addiction is and don’t blame her for it and that no matter what we support her.

For example, Mighty contributor Rachel Christine shared that meeting Lovato at one of her concerts encouraged her to get help:

I met you backstage at a concert during your Neon Lights tour. I remember that day so well because it was soon after I found out you went to treatment for your struggles, like bulimia, bipolar disorder and addiction. But standing next to you in that photo was a ghost of myself. I couldn’t even stand through the whole concert, I was running on so little. When that photo was sent to me, I knew I needed to follow your example and get help.

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Originally published: July 27, 2018
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