Demi Lovato keeps fighting addiction

10 August 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Speaking for the first time since she suffered a suspected overdose, the singer says she's learned that addiction doesn't fade.

Singer Demi Lovato has said she is thankful to be alive and needs time to recover after a suspected drug overdose almost two weeks ago.

In her first public comments since she was found unconscious by paramedics at her Hollywood home, the 25-year-old told her 70 million followers on Instagram that she remains committed to overcoming addiction.

“I will keep fighting. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.

“It is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” she wrote.

Lovato, who cancelled a show in Atlantic City that had been scheduled for two days after she was taken to hospital, suggested that she may not be returning to the public eye soon.

The New Mexico-born singer also thanked staff at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, where she was taken after falling ill on 24 July.

Lovato was reportedly treated with Narcan - an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses.

“I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well,” she said, adding that she was “forever grateful”.

Lovato found fame as a child on the TV series Barney & Friends before appearing in the Disney Channel film Camp Rock.

She has since gone on to be a multi-platinum pop star with hits such as Sorry Not Sorry, Skyscraper and Heart Attack.

Lovato has been open about her addictions and her struggles with bipolar and an eating disorder.

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