Demi Lovato Promises To 'Keep Fighting' In Her First Statement Since Hospitalization

"I now need time to heal."

Demi Lovato has released her first statement since being hospitalized last month for a reported drug overdose. The singer posted the message on Instagram, and while she doesn't go into specifics, the statement addresses her struggle with addiction.

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"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," she began the post. "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."

In June, Lovato released a new song called "Sober," in which she admits to relapsing after six years of sobriety. Fans have praised her honesty, and shared their love and support for the singer after news broke of her hospitalization — even gathering for a tribute concert at the site of her canceled show. 

After thanking "God for keeping me alive and well," Lovato wrote that she is "forever grateful" for fans' "love and support," adding, "Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time." She also thanked the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery," Lovato wrote. "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." The singer ended her message with a promise to "keep fighting."

Lovato previously thanked fans for their support after the release of "Sober." She performed the song live for the first time during a performance in Lisbon. "Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. It will never be forgotten," she told the crowd. Clearly, that support continues, as her Instagram message has received more than 4 million likes.

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