Demi Lovato got candid about her struggle with sobriety on Instagram Stories last Friday afternoon.
“Today I would’ve had 7 years sober,” wrote the singer-songwriter, referencing her relapse last summer. “I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that’s 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 you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery. If you’re alive today, you can make it back. You’re worth it.”
The pop star’s message is a rare glimpse into her sobriety journey since her relapse last summer.
I‘m 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 it‘s 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 I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened, and what my life is like today…but until I’m 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 don’t owe anyone anything so I’m not going to,” she continued. “All my fans need to know is I’m working hard on myself, I’m happy and clean and I’m SO grateful for their support.”