• Mariah Reeve

Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years of sobriety

Demi Lovato is a pop singer and former Disney star who is celebrating six years of sobriety.

On Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lovato told the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her, according to USA Today.

DJ Khaled is one of Lovato's tour mates and gave words of inspiration and motivation. Khaled acted as a life coach and a best friend. He told the crowd “this is a special day” and repeatedly said “happy birthday” to Lovato, as she began to tear up.

“Every time I see you I say, ‘Man, this is a strong queen,’” he said. “What you’ve overcome through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds, you found the sunshine, and now the sun is shining on you forever.”

“You inspire me,” Khaled added.

Khaled and Kehlani (another tour mate) encouraged the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" in honor of Demi Lovato's sixth year of being sober.

“Six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car,” Lovato said. “So, I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something has to change, I’ve got to get sober.’ So, I did.”

“Thank you for being a part of saving my life. I love you guys,” she added before performing one of her biggest hits "Warriors."

Lovato struggled with eating disorders, self-mutilation issues, and other health issues. She entered a rehab facility in 2010. Lovato has talked about her recovery in her YouTube documentary "Simply Complicated"

“As a 22-year-old woman, you represent me, you represent every single women in this room and even every single young boy,” Kehlani said. “You are 100% yourself, and that is so rare in this world and this industry.”

Lovato ended the concert, backed by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, with the songs, "Sorry Not Sorry", and "Tell Me You Love Me."