Demi Lovato’s sober journey has brought them to a place of acceptance.
Four years after their near-fatal overdose — and seven months after going to rehab again — the singer opened up about his addiction during an interview with Audacy’s Karson & Kennedy. They said they’ve come to accept that they can’t not use substances – after a period of “Californian sober” in 2021 during which they drank alcohol and smoked marijuana – and that is how it should be.
“Someone once asked me on a red carpet, ‘How does it feel to be sober?’ I said, Every day is a challenge,” the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer recalled of a 2017 swap. “But I also hadn’t come to a place of acceptance. I I had people around me who wanted me to be sober. And I don’t think I wanted to. Now I tried to smoke weed, I tried to do this – I did all trading choices. And I just realized that none of that is working for me.
The 29-year-old continued, “What came into my life was acceptance. That voice doesn’t follow me every day. Because I’m so accepting of my life the way it is, that I very rarely think about substances, which is a beautiful thing and something I never thought would happen to me.”
Lovato, whose eighth studio album, SAINT-FVCKwill be released in August made it clear that the path has not been easy.
“I worked on myself a lot,” said the “Substance” singer. “I’m getting back into treatment again [in December] and now I’m out with a clear head, and I’m sober and just learning to be in my own skin.”
They said turning 30 next month, August 20, is also a factor.
“There’s something about going into your thirties that you just accept where you are in life and you’re not trying so hard to be anybody anymore,” they said. “You come into your identity and I think that really helps too. It’s been really good, and I’ve been really happy.”
Lovato opened up about her first tour in four years — since OD and getting sober — and how the preparation goes way beyond work to nail their new songs on stage for fans. This also includes physical and mental well-being, so they might understand that Shawn Mendes recently postponed his tour for mental health issues.
“I know what it’s like to hit the road unprepared,” they said. “I know what it’s like to feel overworked or burnt out. It’s never a fun feeling, and when it comes to mental health, it’s like… my God. My heart just goes out to him. “
As for Lovato, “Since I was 15, I’ve been touring almost every year.” This time, “I’m in a different place in my life…Quarantine has taught me to really cherish the downtime and to be able to sit outside and feed my squirrels in peace and appreciate the simplicity.”
Beyond that, they “make sure everything is online,” including working with their therapist, but also walking into “the gym and making sure my stamina is high so I don’t miss it. of air when I sing.”
“It takes a lot of preparation to tour,” they said. “I really think it’s going to be okay, but nothing’s guaranteed…I’m still excited for the tour and hope it goes well.”
The former child star struggled with substance abuse and eating disorders for a long time – and first went to rehab in 2010 before moving into a sober facility in 2012. In 2018, they did a overdosed on heroin mixed with fentanyl – and had three strokes and a heart attack in hospital.
In 2021, Lovato fans grew concerned after saying they were “sober in California” and used alcohol and marijuana. In December, they returned to rehab to get sober again, saying at the time that they “no longer support my ‘sober Californian’ ways” and that “sober sober is the only way to be”.