Demi Lovato Issues First Public Statement Since Apparent Overdose

CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses substance abuse and self-harm.

Demi Lovato has issued her first public statement since an apparent overdose left her hospitalised late last month.

Speaking about the incident and her recovery, Lovato said she will “keep fighting”, and thanked her family and friends for their support.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” she said.

“I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time.

“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recover. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.”

Read Demi Lovato’s statement in full, below.

Lovato was taken to hospital on Tuesday, 24th July, after suffering an apparent drug overdose. She later reportedly suffered complications in hospital. The singer was treated for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and addiction after entering treatment in 2010.

In June 2017, she released a new song called ‘Sober’, on which she revealed she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.

If you or anyone you know needs help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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