Demi Lovato got candid about her struggle with sobriety on Instagram Stories last Friday afternoon.
“Today I wouldíve had 7 years sober,” wrote the singer-songwriter, referencing her relapse last summer. “I donít regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget thatís exactly what they were: mistakes.”
Lovato took a break from social media after suffering from an overdose last July. She returned to Instagram in November to encourage her fans to vote, and in January 2019 celebrated six months sober.
In the next post, Lovato expressed gratitude to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for the organizations’ support.
“I didn’t lose 6 years, I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
Lovato concluded her message with an encouraging reminder to her fans.
“If youíve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know itís possible to take that step towards recovery. If youíre alive today, you can make it back. Youíre worth it.”
The pop star’s message is a rareglimpse into her sobriety journey since her relapse last summer.
IĎm so proud of you. You have all my respect and I look up to you in every way possible.Thank you for giving us strength and showing us that itĎs ok to ask for help. You are the living proof that recovery is possible and that you can come back stronger than ever. I??U #DemiLovato pic.twitter.com/2MWULqQnu3
— A (@warrior_6618) March 15, 2019
In December 2018, Lovato addressed the nonstop speculation in a tweet she later deleted, writing: “Someday Iíll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened, and what my life is like todayÖbut until Iím ready to share that with people, please stop prying and making up shit that you know nothing about. I still need space and time to heal.”
“I would love to set the record straight on all the rumors out there but I literally donít owe anyone anything so Iím not going to,” she continued. “All my fans need to know is Iím working hard on myself, Iím happy and clean and Iím SO grateful for their support.”