Singer Demi Lovato speaks out after suspected overdose
| Updated Aug 06, 2018 at 12:10pm
Demi Lovato's fans say the singer's battles have helped them with their own struggles
US pop singer Demi Lovato has issued her first statement after she was taken to hospital for a suspected drug overdose last month.
In an Instagram post, Lovato, 25, said: "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction".
"This illness is not something that... fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome," she said.
Lovato has previously spoken about her struggle with addiction, bipolar and eating disorders.
In her statement, the singer thanked her family and medics at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital, saying that "without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you".
"I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all your love and support."
She said she now needed "time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery", adding that "I will keep fighting".
SOURCE: BBC NEWS