All the Times Demi Lovato Got Real About Sobriety and Mental Health

"Sorry Not Sorry" singer has been open and honest about her struggles with drugs and alcohol

By Mike Vulpo Jul 24, 2018 11:34 PMTags

Demi Lovato has never shied away from sharing her personal struggles with drugs and alcohol.

As she grew up in the Hollywood spotlight, the actress and singer found herself checking into rehab and taking breaks from the spotlight.

But whether it was through her music, social media posts or letters to fans, Demi would keep things open and honest about her sobriety, mental health and more topics so many would stay away from.

Earlier today, E! News learned that Demi was hospitalized after suffering an apparent overdose. Soon after, NBC News reported that the singer is "stable and alert and breathing."

As famous friends and fans continue to send thoughts, prayers and well wishes both on and off social media, we're taking a look back at just some of the many times Demi opened up to fans about her struggles. Take a look at some of her wise words in our gallery below.

On Social Media

"Something that I've done already is take off the tags on Instagram," Demi shared in an interview with Zane Lowe. "So I can't see what people tag me in—I'm pretty sure I've taken off the comments on everything, too."

On Her Support System

Alongside a selfie with Matthew Scott Montgomery and Sirah, the pop star wrote via Instagram, "Thank you for never leaving me in my darkest moments, for always drying my tears.. even when they're from watching Moana.. thank you for being loyal, honest and so grateful for every little thing. I'm so lucky to be best friends with two incredible souls who are so talented and creative because it inspires me daily. And you're so supportive of me and every little thing I do.You've traveled across the country to visit me and stayed with me at my house for days on end when I'm struggling to make sure I'm okay, but most importantly you never abandoned me like others did when I was going through s--t. You were there to listen, without judgement and only love and I can never fully express what that means to me."

On Promoting Positivity

"What I would say to somebody who's struggling right now, is try to find the gratitude," Demi previously shared. "It's so important that you try to find gratitude in your life and focus on the positive things and when you're able to do that, or you're able to help others, you're able to get outside of yourself and you're able to look at your life from a different perspective. Sometimes it's really challenging and it's really difficult, but it's something that helps me every day, and so far it's worked."

On Learning With Age

"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 said in her documentary Simply Complicated. "I've learned that the key to being happy is to tell your truth and be OK without all the answers."

On Her 21st Birthday

"I was used to drinking and doing drugs on my birthday. I always imagined my 21st being a huge party where I'd get s--t-faced and go crazy. But I realized that there's so much more to life than that," Demi shared with Cosmopolitan for Latinas in 2014. "I'm very proud of how far I've come, but I definitely want to win a Grammy one day, and I dream of winning an Oscar. I want to continue to tour and build my fan base and make music that will last for decades."

On Being Bipolar

"I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it's something that is true—I am bipolar—but I don't like people to use it as a label," Demi previously told iHeartRadio's Elivs Duran. "It's something that I have, it's not who I am. I think Demi Lovato, activist, is something that I would really be proud of. I think it's important to speak up about the things that you believe in because your voice will be heard no matter what position you're in. And I just happen to be in a position where more people will hear my voice than they would have 10, 15 years ago. I use my voice to do more than just sing and I use it to speak up about mental health because that's something I'm very passionate about. I'd say the whole world knows the real me because there's nothing that I hide."

On Hitting Rock Bottom at 19

"I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh my God…that is alcoholic behavior. [It's] no longer, I'm young and rebellious and out having fun, it was, wow, I'm one of those people…I gotta get my s--t together,'" she shared with Access Hollywood when recalling her decision to go to rehab. 

On Five Years of Sobriety

"So grateful. It's been quite the journey. So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me," Demi shared on Instagram. "Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me." 

On Six Years of Sobriety

"Yesterday was a really big day for me," Demi told a sold-out crowd Barclays Center in March 2018. "Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at nine in the morning, throwing up in the car and I just remember thinking, 'This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I'm just like my dad.' So I made changes in my life. The reason why I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help and I want them to know that it's OK. Mental health is something that we all need to talk about and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let's raise the awareness. Let's let everybody know it's OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem. I'm bipolar, whatever. I take care of myself. I can never say thank you enough to you guys for the support that you've given me over the years. And you've forgiven me for my mistakes. So thank you for being a part of saving my life. I love you guys."



On Her Motivations to Get Sober

"I knew that I had a lot of life ahead of me but one of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mum and dad (said I couldn't be around her) if I was doing stuff," Demi explained to The Jonathan Ross Show


On Ending the Stigma With Mental Illness

"This is not about politics, it's simply the right thing to do. I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness," Demi shared at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 before performing her song "Confident." 

On Breaking Her Sobriety

"Mama, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore / And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor / To the ones who never left me / We've been down this road before I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore," Demi sings in her song "Sober." "And I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again. I wanna be a role model / but I'm only human."


While fans wonder what could have led to such an unfortunate situation, those close to her are surprised things took such a negative turn so quickly. 

"She has had really good days where she is perfectly OK and on track and really bad days where her team and friends have been very concerned," a source shared with E! News.

Here's hoping for much more positive days ahead. 

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