It’s been five years of sobriety for Demi Lovato and it seems like she could not be happier.
After punching a backup dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers in 2013, Lovato checked into rehab for three months. At the time the public was told it was for physical and emotional issues, but now we know the full story.
Since then, Lovato has also chosen to surround herself with positivity and realized she can easily relapse, so she chooses not to go out to clubs anymore, which she talked about with Refinery29.
“I had to learn the hard way that I can’t do parties anymore. Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that’s not the case for me.”
Since seeking treatment, Lovato has become an advocate for mental health awareness and reform. She has also co-owns the CAST treatment center where she went to rehab.
In a 2014 interview with Seventeen, she talked about staying clean and why it’s not always easy.
“Since I went to treatment, there have been days when it’s felt really easy, and I’ve felt great about where I am. But then I have moments when it’s not. That’s life. You can’t just take your mind and your body into the shop and get it fixed. It doesn’t come out repaired. It’s not like a car. It takes time—pace yourself. Every day is a new opportunity to change your life and be who you want to be.”
We’re so glad that despite the difficulty, she’s been able to stay clean for the last five years.
Lovato is also newly dating MMA fighter, Guilherme ‘Bomba’ Vasconcelos and living a happy and healthy life, celebrating each day. She playfully “punched” him while the two trained together, but we know she would never do anything like that again!
Here’s to Demi! May she have many more sober days ahead of her.