Demi Lovato has detailed her most recent struggles with alcohol and drug abuse in a new single entitled 'Sober'. The actress and pop star has wlays been open and honest about her troubles, and has had several highly-publicised stints in rehab for her issues. Lovato suffers from bipolar disorder and has had extensive therapy to work through bulimia, depression and addictions to both alcohol and cocaine but she has always maintained a dialogue with her fans where she can have open and honest conversations about her life. She explains that she wants to keep things as real as possible for then, because so much of what we see in magazines from Hollywood is fake, so this latest raw release shouldn't come as a surprise for her die-hard fans. In her YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, Demi tackled the issue in her usual candid nature, saying "There weren’t a lot of young pop stars…talking about their issues, and I wanted [to be] someone that my little sister could look up to. I wanted to be the role model that I needed growing up.”
Lovato admits that finding fame at such a young age probably played a large part in her troubles, but has also opened up about her estranged relationship with her birth father who passed away in 2013. Her mother raised her with the help of a loving step-father, and Demi had no interest in reconnecting with the man due to his treatment of his family, saying "My dad was an addict and an alcoholic. I guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol because it fulfilled him and he chose that over a family." She first checked into rehab in 2010, at the age of just 17, but the initial stint was not entirely successful and for a year after Demi acknowledged "I wasn't working my program. I wasn't ready to get sober. I was sneaking cocaine on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew." She then opted to live in a 'Sober Living Facility' in California for several years until she felt she could handle the strains of life outside rehabilitation.
waking up listening to @ddlovato "sober".— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) June 21, 2018
Im proud of you for having the guts to reveal your truth to the world again. NOT. EASY.
Im here for you friend! (you know this) I pray you'll choose recovery again.
All of us who love you only want to see you happy and heathy.🧡🧡🧡
Over the last few years, Demi's music career has catapulted her to superstar-dom and she has landed an MTV Video Music Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards and five People's Choice Awards. Her latest single is set to be a smash hit, too, as she takes the time to admit that her sobriety has slipped again. Though offering no details about what went wrong, she sings "Momma, I'm so sorry. I'm not sober anymore. And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor. I got no excuses. I wanna be a role model, but I'm only human." She also apologizes to her 'future love' and the 'fans she's lost' in the raw and emotional ballad: "We've been down this road before. I'm sorry that I'm here again. I promise I'll get help. It wasn't my intention. I'm sorry to myself." Fans and musicians alike have tweeted their support for her heartfelt piece, praising her for opening up and saying she will have saved lives with her own vulnerability. We hope Demi is getting the help she needs.