Demi Lovato, hospitalized for what was reportedly a drug overdose two weeks ago, has finally broken her silence, addressing her fans via an Instagram post.
The 25-year-old wrote, “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,” she went on. “To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you.”
Lovato ended things on an upbeat note, writing, "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."
Fans panicked when, on July 24, it was confirmed that friends at her home had called 911, and that Lovato had apparently overdosed. She was treated with Narcan and was revived, but had her friends not acted, her life may have been in jeopardy.
At the time of her O.D., Lovato's rep said in a statment, "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.”
She has battled health issues since the episode, and has received friends — including ex-love Wilmer Valderrama — at her hospital bedside, but this message is likely to further reassure fans that Demi is focused on getting better.