Demi Lovato Stopped A Concert To Give A Tearful Speech About Her Sobriety

Demi Lovato celebrated six years sober this week, and she took the opportunity to give a powerful speech to her assembled fans about mental health and addiction.

The pop singer was overcome with emotion during her March 16 concert at Barclay’s when her tourmates Kehlani and DJ Khaled surprised her on-stage to celebrate the milestone, and she gave a speech of her own about her struggles with sobriety and mental health.

“Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car,” she revealed. “And I just remember thinking, ‘This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I’m just like my dad.’ So I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something has to change, I’ve got to get sober’ — so I did.”

Lovato went on to address her bipolar disorder, as she has so many times before, explaining that the reason she talks about it so publicly is to encourage others to seek help when they need it.

“The reason I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help,” she said, “and I want you to know that that’s okay. Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s okay to have a mental illness, it’s okay to have an addiction problem.”

DJ Khaled and Khaled’s tributes to Lovato honored the singer’s openness and strength.

“What you’ve overcome through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds, you found the sunshine, and now the sun is shining on you forever,” DJ Khaled said. “And every night you come light up the stage and you represent your fans, and that’s so amazing.”

“You give me hope and strength and pride, and every bit of myself that I am — the good side, the bad side, the funny side, the quirky side,” Khaled added. “You are 100 percent yourself, and that is so rare in this world and this industry,” she gushed. “I’m so, so, so, so proud of you, and honored to know you.”

Lovato finished her powerful speech with a gorgeous performance of “Warrior,” an entirely fitting song for the moment.

The more public figures like Demi Lovato talk openly about mental health struggles, the less stigmatized they will be. We applaud her for using her voice and her platform for such a worthy cause.

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