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Demi Lovato's Honest New Song 'Sober' Addresses An Important Truth About Addiction

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This week, singer Demi Lovato released what could be her most honest song yet. In the track, called "Sober," the 25-year-old seems to confess that she has relapsed after six years of sobriety. Her honesty has earned praise from fans and fellow artists, who have wished her well on Twitter.


Lovato shared a link to the song on social media, simply writing, "My truth..." She also released an accompanying lyric video, which features shots of an empty alcohol bottle and a glass of wine, moving into footage of Lovato throughout her life and career, before the lyrics take over the screen.

"Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore," Lovato sings in the chorus. "Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor." She later adds, "I want to be a role model / But I'm only human."

Lovato has been open about her battle with alcohol and drug addiction in the past, as well as her experience with an eating disorder and mental illness. In March, she celebrated six years of sobriety in concert with fans. Earlier this year, she announced that she was giving fans on her tour a chance to attend therapy workshops before the shows.

"I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves," she told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. "Whatever it is, I just want people to know they're not alone and I'm here for them."

The singer continues to inspire through her new song, which earned praise on Twitter for its honesty, and the important acknowledgment that addiction and recovery are ongoing battles, and relapse is often a part of that. "This song is probably going to help so many people," singer and YouTuber Ricky Dillon wrote.

"I'm sorry that I'm here again / I promise I'll get help," Lovato sings to close the track. "It wasn't my intention / I'm sorry to myself."

The singer has inspired more than just her fans by being open about her struggles. As People points out, friend and fellow artist Iggy Azalea told Billboard that her management team staged an intervention encouraging her to speak to professionals about her anger issues. Although she initially resisted, thinking of the steps Lovato took to deal with her own mental health inspired her to get help for herself.

As Azalea wrote to Lovato on Twitter Thursday, "All of us who love you only want to see you happy and heathy [sic]."

Hear "Sober" in the lyric video below:

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