Iggy Azalea On Demi Lovato’s Relapse: "To Be Honest With The World Is Admirable"

By Victoria Kim 07/13/18

“I had known about it, as a close friend. So I had really wanted for her to be the one to tell people about that, and I worried a lot…"

Iggy Azalea

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is proud of her friend and fellow artist Demi Lovato for the way she “owned up” to a relapse after six years of sobriety. 

“I had known about it, as a close friend. So I had really wanted for her to be the one to tell people about that, and I worried a lot… that something was going to leak or somebody would take that and use it negatively against her, or to make her seem like she’s got a secret,” Azalea told Entertainment Tonight ahead of a July 22 show where the two artists will perform together at the California Mid-State Fair.

Earlier this year, Azalea had said that Lovato’s tireless advocacy for mental health awareness had made her more open to receiving help at a time when she was “mentally exhausted.”

Lovato, who has shared every step of her recovery with the world for the last six years, released a candid confession via song last month called “Sober,” revealing that she had relapsed after six years.

“I don’t know why I do it every time/ It’s only when I’m lonely/ Sometimes I just wanna cave/ And I don’t wanna fight,” she sings. “To the ones who never left me we’ve been down this road before/ I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.”

While worried for her friend, Azalea was pleasantly surprised by how Lovato handled the situation. “I didn’t know that she was recording that song,” she told ET. “I was just really proud of her that she was honest, because it’s really hard to be honest with yourself. So, to be honest with the whole world, [to share] something that you struggled with very publicly, it’s something that is very admirable.”

In some recovery communities, a relapse is no longer a mark of shame or failure, but rather, a part of the process of recovery and growth. Lovato herself has been a tireless advocate for mental health and recovery support, working to erase the shame and stigma surrounding mental illness and substance abuse.

She’s shared every part of her recovery including her rock bottom and her struggle with bipolar disorder, and admits when she’s feeling vulnerable.

Her recent confession is just another part of her journey.

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