Demi Lovato marks 5th anniversary of sobriety: ‘I’m so proud of myself’

By on March 16, 2017

Five years ago, singer Demi Lovato did a very brave thing: she got sober.

The “Confident” singer, who has battled mental illness and sobriety issues for years, went into rehab at age 18. And as she declared on Instagram with a photo graphic and a self-affirming message, the 24-year-old can now claim 1,827 days (or five years) of being clean.

Lovato’s been in showbiz since she was a child; at age 10 she began working on “Barney & Friends” and ultimately starred on multiple Disney Channel shows like “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance” while pursuing her musical career. She began releasing albums in 2008.

But behind the scenes she was battling various demons: she’d been bullied as a child, which led to her being home-schooled and over the years suffered from depression and self-harm. She ended her participation in a Jonas Brothers concert tour in 2010 and went into a treatment facility, reportedly after punching a dancer. She completed treatment in 2011.

In 2016, she spoke to People magazine about dealing with bipolar disorder, bulimia and anorexia. “I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar,” she said then. “Looking back, it makes sense.”

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