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Demi Lovato caught fans by surprise this morning/
The pop star has released an unexpected new single titled “Sober” in which she reveals she has broken her sobriety. The track details Lovato’s shame and having the courage to ask for forgiveness despite falling from grace. Listen to “Sober” below.
The new song serves as an apology to lovers, family, friends, fans, and herself with the lyrics, “Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor / To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down this road before / I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.” The piano ballad ends with Lovato promising to get help.
It’s unclear if she recently relapsed or if she’s singing about a former moment in her life. When Lovato announced the single on Instagram, she simply wrote “My truth” next to a clip from the lyric video. The new song comes after Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety this past March.
In recent years, Lovato has been very open and honest about her struggles with sobriety, mental health, and eating disorders. In 2011, the singer-songwriter entered treatment, but had relapsed after she left the treatment centre. She later entered a sober living facility for a year.
It seemed the pop artist had turned things around, having extensively addressed her addiction and recovery in her 2017 documentary Simply Complicated. This past September, Lovato was honoured with the Spirit of Sobriety award at the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular.
“Every day is a battle,” she said after accepting the award. “You just have to take it one day at a time, some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well.”
Regardless of where Lovato is at in her sobriety journey, she continues to be praised for her candour in speaking out about her struggles with the hope that her truth can help others.