In July 2018, 26-year-old singer Demi Lovato was rushed to hospital after an overdose, after years of opening up about her struggles with addiction.
"She came down with a fever and showed signs of an infection, she is currently being treated for issues that are very common after a drug overdose," a source told People Magazine at the time. "She will need to stay in the hospital for a few more days, but is expected to make a full recovery."
After she was released from hospital, Lovato made the decision to check herself into a rehabilitation clinic after the relapse. Speaking to her own desire to be transparent on the issues she has faced, Lovato shared a statement about what she had been through in 2018 and her hopes for the future:
"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.
"I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to 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."
In her first social media post since she admitted herself to rehab, she said she was "so grateful to be home in time to vote" for the mid-term elections, urging her followers to do the same back in November.
Now she has officially hit the landmark of six months completely sober, and so she took to Instagram to share the good news with her fans. Yesterday she shared a photo to her story of a slice of cake that her team had gotten her as a treat, along with a cute note that read, "Happy 6 mo we are so f***ing proud of you!"
She captioned the photo with "BEST DAY EVER," and it looks like it. Along with this photo, she shared another of her official six months sober token:
In an interview with Dr. Phil from last year, she revealed that she'd had suicidal thoughts at the age of seven. "I have experienced things that I have not talked about and don't know if I ever will talk about," she said. "At seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life that the pain would end."
Yet it isn't just her struggles with addiction and mental illness that Lovato has been open about in the past. From her frequent comments on body positivity to her frank discussion of what is and isn't real on Instagram, she's very open about what she goes through - something that her fans have a lot of appreciation for.
Hopefully her road to recovery goes as smoothly as possible.