Demi Lovato Gives a Shout Out to Sobriety

By Valerie Tejeda 02/17/12

The pop star writes to a teen magazine to spread the word that "sober is sexy."

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Teen pop star Demi Lovato is known for being refreshingly candid about her addiction struggles. The singer, who is also a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine, has submitted a letter to the publication encouraging fellow teens to steer clear of alcohol and drugs. “‘Sober Is Sexy’ is my new motto, and it couldn't be more true! All you need to have fun in life is a great attitude and good friends,” she writes. “I've made a commitment to myself to live a happy healthy life the best way I know how and I want to spread the message that you don't need to do drink or do drugs to have fun.” Lovato then continues by warning that “innocent fun” can lead to bad choices drunk driving, and addiction. She also gives a shout out to the clothing line “Sober is Sexy,” which uses fashion to promote sobriety and support addiction treatment. The 19-year-old was admitted to rehab for “emotional and physical issues” back in 2010. She later confirmed she had been struggling with an eating disorder and depression, as well as cutting herself. “I basically had a nervous breakdown. I was really bad off,” she said. “My parents and manager pulled me aside and said, ‘You need to get some help.’ It was an intervention. I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over.”

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix,, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.