May we all start the year as strong and inspiring as Demi Lovato.

We're only four days into 2018, and the 25-year-old singer is already setting an example for so many. Lovato shared a photo of herself in a black and white striped bathing suit on a beautiful beach as the sun kisses her skin, but the picture itself will mean a lot more once you read her touching caption. 

"So, I'm insecure about my legs in this picture, but I'm posting it because I look so happy and this year I've decided I'm letting go of my perfectionism and embracing freedom from self-criticism. Learning to love my body the way it is is challenging but life-changing," Lovato writes, opening up to her fans on Instagram. 

"Giving up my eating disorder has been the most challenging journey of my life, but I work every day towards solid recovery even if I mess up sometimes. Today I'm feeling strong," she added. "You all can do it too. It IS possible. Thank you, God, for this new chapter in my life. #EDrecovery #happyAF."

Actress and singer Sofia Carsonpraised Lovato and tweeted, "@ddlovato thank you for this, on behalf of every girl in the world who has ever wanted to be something that they're not or has wanted to look differently than they do, thank you. You are beautiful."

Lovato replied, "Thank you so much," along with a heart emoji. 

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Last year, her YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated premiered, and Lovato openly addressed everything from cocaine, casual sex, and her road to recovery. She revealed that she's still battling an eating disorder. 

"When I was in a relationship with Wilmer I went three years without purging, and when we broke up, that's one of the first things I did," Lovato confesses to McIntyre. "The less I have to think about food, the easier it is to go about having a normal life, and I don't want to let anybody down, so when I do have moments when I slip up, I feel very ashamed. What started the relapse was missing Wilmer. When I feel lonely my heart feels hungry and I end up binging."

Lovato adds, "I don't know how to figure out how to be alone."

The bingeing began at age 8, after Madison de la Garza was born. "A lot of the attention was taken off me and onto my little sister," she says of the actress. "I had started working at that time and was under a lot of stress, so I would bake cookies for my family. I would eat all of them and nobody would have any to eat. That was my first memory of food being that medicine for me."

Lovato believes her eating disorder began after she suffered intense bullying as a child, especially when classmates started a campaign urging her to commit suicide. "Food is still the biggest challenge in my life," she tells a trainer. "I don't want to give it the power to say it controls my every thought, but it's something I'm constantly thinking about."

For the first time in her life, Lovato isn't afraid to share her truth. "The last decade has taught me a lifetime of lessons. I've learned that secrets make you sick. I'm learning how to be a voice and not a victim. I've learned sex is natural. I've learned that love is necessary, heartbreak is unavoidable and loneliness is brutal," the 25-year-old pop star says in the documentary. "I've learned that the key to being happy is to tell your truth and be OK without all the answers."

We applaud you, Demi! 

Here's a look at the "Échame La Culpa" singer through the years: 

Demi Lovato, Barney


This songstress was well on her way to superstardom when she got her start singing nursery rhymes in Barney & Friends.

Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Disney Couples


Joe Jonas and the Disney Channel star became close friends on the set of Camp Rock before briefly dating in 2010. 

Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Princess Protection Program


Selena Gomez and Demi go way back! From their humble beginnings on Barney & Friends to their days on Disney's Princess Protection Program, these singers have been together through it all.

Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato


Before she was dancing onstage in bustiers and heels, Demi was chilling with her Disney cast mates Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Joe. 

Demi Lovato, Radio Disney


Ending her Disney days with a bang, Demi parted with the channel after releasing her breakout album Don't Forget and starring as the main character on Sonny with a Chance.

Demi Lovato

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This blond songstress hit one out of the park while singing the National Anthem at the 2012 World Series.

Demi Lovato

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Wango Tango 2013 featured a headlining performance from this fierce Latina.

Demi Lovato

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Lovato's ice blue hair and leather jacket cemented her status as a fearless style maven while singing her heart out in 2013. 

Demi Lovato, 2015 American Music Awards

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The singer brought down the house with her 2015 performance of "Confident" at the 2015 American Music Awards.

Demi Lovato

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The talented performer kept it "Cool for the Summer" in some cheeky shorts and a black bra during a 2015 performance.

Demi Lovato, 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, VMA

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The singer let her fans know that she is no longer a little girl, but a strong woman during her performance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato

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Demi reunited with her Disney bestie Nick Jonas for their Future Now tour in 2016.

Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato

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Joe and Demi proved that exes really can stay friends when they happily performed together years later. Goals!

Wilmer Valderrama, Demi Lovato, 2016 Grammy Awards

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Wilmer Valderrama was the young artist's beau for nearly six years until they called it quits in 2016. The couple remains close however, even sharing a snap of their reunion earlier this year. 

Demi Lovato

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Always the fashionista, the artist rang in the new year in a fashionable coat and bodysuit at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest in New York City.

Demi Lovato, iHeartRadio Music Festival

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Denim on denim? Not a problem for this girl. The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer rocked the look at the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Demi Lovato, The Tonight Show

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Demi belted out "Sorry Not Sorry" while wearing a red jumpsuit on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

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