Demi Lovato celebrated her fourth anniversary of sobriety today, having once thought she wouldn’t be able to overcome her former drug addiction and eating disorder, which subsequently almost took her life.
The songstress, who has openly admitted to having struggled with an eating disorder in the past, was also battling an addiction to drugs — cocaine, to be specific. Being completely honest about the situation, Lovato stressed at the time that the pressure of being in Hollywood had gotten to her, to the point where she would look in the mirror and struggle to find anything she liked about herself.
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After being convinced to seek much-needed treatment, the star took part in a lengthy rehab program, which subsequently helped her overcome the challenging battles, feeling almost as if she was a born-again woman — finally free of her addictions and endless suffering.
“This last year I experienced so much life and too much death… But I made it through… Sober. #4Years #GodsWill,” Lovato tweeted on her official social media account, presumably stunned to see how far she has come since her horrific battles.
As part of her recovery process, Demi Lovato started working on her third studio album, Unbroken, which she dedicated to her loyal fans, who had helped her through the most difficult time of her life.
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Many of the songs, including “Skyscraper,” where Lovato stresses one should always get back up when being knocked down, are very much reflective of her own personal experience with the idea that she was never good enough to fit into the world of showbiz.
Demi hid her eating disorder rather well — so much so that when she did confess about her devastating issues, even some of her closest friends were stunned by the news. Lovato’s Disney Channel series, Sonny With A Chance, was immediately placed on hiatus following the revelation before producers decided to cancel the show in its entirety for the sake of Demi’s well-being.
“I’m very, very good at manipulating people and that was something that I did in my disease, I would manipulate everyone around me. There were times I would just continue to lie so that everything looked OK on the outside,”
“I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes,” Demi Lovato infamously admitted in an interview with Access Hollywood, recalling some of her lowest moments as a teenager. “I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it.”
Demi Lovato speaks out about drugs, alcohol, and loving Wilmer Valderrama http://t.co/NzLxq243iQ pic.twitter.com/fW3oRgEpbB
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Throughout her sobriety, Lovato has admitted that certain times were definitely harder than others, but all in all, she has managed to stay on the right path and isn’t looking back. Then again, why should she? The singer landed three top 10 singles this year, is currently planning her forthcoming tour with Nick Jonas, and most of all, she is returning to acting, having signed on to star in two movies this year.
A success story like Demi Lovato’s very own doesn’t come that often, which would evidently explain why the singer is so incredibly proud of how things have turned around in her life.
Wouldn’t you agree in saying that Demi Lovato is one of the lucky ones?
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