Demi Lovato is making her first public statement since being hospitalised almost two weeks ago for a reported overdose.
"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," her letter to fans admits. "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."
The impassioned letter goes on to thank God, her family, fans and staff at the Cedars-Sinai hospital for their support while acknowledging that she still needs time to heal and focus on her journey recovery. "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."
Read the open letter in full below.
Lovato’s struggle with addiction led her to checking herself into rehab back in 2010. Her first relapse came about six years after and she recorded the song “Sober” to process it. E! News now reports that the pop star has agreed to go back to rehab as soon as she’s released from hospital.
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