Demi Lovato reflects on her journey to recovery.
In an interview for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer expresses her gratitude to the public for their support after she suffered a drug overdose in July 2018.
“I would hate for a detail to become the headline when I’ve worked so hard for my music. But I will say that I’ve really appreciated the patience the public has given me over the past year and a half to figure my --- out, because I think the mistake I made when I was 18, when I went into treatment, was that I went back to work six months later,” the 27-year-old told the magazine.
(After getting into a physical fight with one of her backup dancers, Lovato entered treatment in November 2010 to address a number of issues, including her disordered eating and self-harm.)
In regards to her 2018 incident and its aftermath, Lovato appreciates the amount of positive messages she received on social media.
“It’s hard when you’re in a moment like that because you don’t feel worthy of it. But looking back, I understand that I was just someone going through something, and people were really supportive and were there for me, and it meant everything,” she said.
However, Lovato admits it was difficult having her personal struggles be played out in the media.
“It also kind of made it a little challenging because I did deal with that in the public eye — that was the way some people found out,” she remarked. “I had relatives who got alerts on their phones. We didn’t even get to call them before they saw what happened.”
Despite her ups and downs, Lovato hopes her story will help others going through similar challenges.
“What’s important to focus on is the outpouring of love and support,” she said. “It made it okay for someone they know to ask for help.”
“I’ve never felt more loved,” Lovato added.
This year, Lovato made her comeback by performing at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in January and at Super Bowl LIV in February.
Her seventh studio album is due later this year.