On June 21 Demo Lovato released her new single “Sober.” The song boldly declared she relapsed and wasn’t sober anymore. Lovato’s sobriety has been pivotal in her career. Before her relapse, she was sober for six years.
Now the 25-year-old singer is sporting a new tattoo of the word “Free” on her finger and it may be in connection to her relapse. She shared her new tattoo on her Instagram story on June 25 with the caption “Jun. 22, 2018,” which People speculates is the date she got the new ink.
Lovato posted another photo showing that she wasn’t the only person to get the “Free” tattoo. The photo shows five other people who got matching ink with the caption, “The team that tats together stays together.”
Tagged were her hair stylist César DeLeon Ramirez, makeup artist Jill Powell, her security Max, management Lauren Einbinder and another member of her team Kelsey Kershner.
Ramirez shared their new tattoo on Instagram. “Everyone deserves to speak their truth!” he wrote. “Love is accepting someone for who they are and for who they are not!”
Einbinder also shared a photo of her and Lovato with their matching tattoos. “That moment when you realize you’re living your dream with the people you love,” she posted.
Fans are guessing that the new ink is in honor of her new stage in sobriety. She shared “Sober” with a tweet that says, “My truth…” The song’s chorus declared that she isn’t sober anymore and she sang, “To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down this road before.”
— Team Demi (@ddlovato) June 24, 2018
It seems like Lovato’s relapse has been weighing on her shoulders and she wanted to be transparent with her fans. Cleary she has a great support system around her that is there for her thick and thin. The timing of their matching tattoos with the released of “Sober” I don’t think is a coincidence.
In Lovato’s documentary Simply Complicated she talked in detail about her first time going sober. She talked about how she was doing coke, abusing Adderall and drinking copious amounts.
“My first time doing coke, I was 17 working on Disney Channel, and I was with a couple of friends and they introduced me to it,” Lovato explained in her documentary. “I was scared because my mom always told me that your heart could just burst if you do it. But I did it anyways and I loved it. I felt out of control with the coke the first time that I did it.”
She entered rehab in 2010 and became fully sober a few years later. It’s unclear how she relapsed, but it’s clear that Lovato has a good support system.