Demi Lovato Celebrates Six Years Sober

By Bryan Le 03/19/18

The pop star gave a tearful speech about her journey during a recent concert. 

Demi Lovato at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Forum in Inglewood, USA on August 27, 2017.
She's confident in her sobriety this time around.

Singer Demi Lovato, who has been famously transparent about her personal struggle with addiction, announced on Thursday that she is celebrating six years sober.

“Just officially turned 6 years sober,” she tweeted. “So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible.”

She topped the tweet off with a praying-hands emoji. The response was an outpouring of support from her Lovatics, her fans.

Lovato has always been outspoken on the topic of substance use disorder and mental health, whether speaking on her own experiences or advocating the issues in general.

Last October, she released a documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, which recounted her history with substance abuse. Her first taste of cocaine came when she was just 17.

"I was scared because my mom always told me that your heart could just burst if you do it," Lovato recounted. "But I did it anyway, and I loved it the first time that I did it."

Years ago, while publicly celebrating her newfound “sobriety,” the young star was sneaking out and getting wasted.

“I would sneak out and get drugs, I would fake my drug tests with other people's pee,” Lovato revealed. “There was one night when I used a bunch of coke and I popped a few Xanax bars, and I began to choke a little bit. My heart started racing, and I thought to myself, 'Oh my God, I might be overdosing right now.’”

The singer, who has been public about her bipolar diagnosis, is making mental health a central theme on tour. She has taken CAST Centers, the rehab she credits for her sobriety, with her on the road for a second time to hold pre-show mental health seminars.

According to Billboard, during her show in Brooklyn on March 16th, she was unexpectedly surprised when her tour mates DJ Klhaled and Kehlani took to the stage and offered up words of support and encouragement in honor of her sober milestone. The crowd then sang "Happy Birthday" and a tearful Lovato gave a speech about her journey.

"Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 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 took a look at my life and I said, 'Something has to change, I've got to get sober'—so I did."

She continued, "I made changes in my life, and the reason 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 you to know that that's okay. 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 okay to have a mental illness, it's okay to have an addiction problem. I'm bipolar—like, whatever! I take care of myself. And 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. Thank you for being a part of saving my life. I love you guys."

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter