Demi Lovato releases statement following reported drug overdose: 'I will keep fighting'

By Meaghan Wray

Demi Lovato has finally broken her silence after a drug overdose. Keeping with her belief in the importance of transparency, the singer took to Instagram to update her loyal Lovatics, fans who have been rooting for her ever since the tragic news broke of her relapse and subsequent hospitalization.

The statement, which has garnered over two million likes so far, reads: "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 want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time."

She continues: "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."

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Her loyal following have taken to the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer's social media to voice their undying support. One fan wrote: "You are beautiful inside and out. Will always be your fan and supporter because you are such an inspiration to me and so many others." Another person, touched by her openness, commented: "The path to healing is long, but you will succeed because you are and will never be alone."

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The 25-year-old, who has always been a source of inspiration regarding issues from addiction to body positivity, was rushed to the hospital on July 24 after authorities received a distress call from her Hollywood home. Sources revealed to TMZ that the New Mexico native was treated with Narcan, a narcotic overdose reversal medication, before being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The overdose followed the release of her latest track "Sober," in which she admits having relapsed in drinking alcohol.

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Later that day, a representative for Demi released a statement which read: "Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support. Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now." Battling health complications after the overdose, the star remained in hospital to recover, and sources have told People that the singer has agreed to enter rehab, which she also did back in 2010 at the age of 18.

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