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Here’s How Fans Are Rallying Behind Demi Lovato To Lift Her Up During Her Relapse

Less than a month after Demi Lovato released her single “Sober,” revealing that she relapsed after 6 years in sobriety from alcohol and cocaine, Lovato overdosed and has been hospitalized since. The singer is known for speaking and singing her truth, and her raw vulnerability about her darkest days. She has become a beacon of hope for so many of her fans during their worst moments.

Lovatics have rallied to send their hero hope and light with the hashtag #HowDemiHasHelpedMe and you’re going to need tissues.

Some credit their own sobriety to her story.

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In the true principles of AA, Lovato shared her experience, strength and hope in everything she does, which inevitably spreads like contagious wildfire. Prepare yourself for the 🔥 🔥 🔥 .

Others shared open letters to Lovato.

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“I am constantly showering Demi with my support but have never taken time to actually express just how much she has grown to mean to me in the past year.”

In Lovato fashion, fans opened up about their personal struggles.

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So many of the struggles were much different from what Lovato has overcame, and yet her message rings true to anyone looking to empower themselves. In this perfectionist world, I thank Dios que nuestros hijos have a role model who says failure is fine.

And the Lovato effect is reaching everyone.

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The proof is in the hashtag. Believe in yourself and you model that for others. Genius.

Her courage and openness in her career has transcended issues and coping mechanisms.

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The love is real. Dozens of fans posted about their tattoos that pay tribute to the singer and her message, which really is a reminder in self care.

The Lovato 🖤 is an iconic emblem from her signature.

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She always signs her name with a heart instead of a dot over the “i.” Fun fact: Demi was born Demetria Devonne Lovato.

“Stay Strong” is the title of her documentary featuring her road to sobriety.

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The singer abruptly cancelled her tour with the Jonas Brothers, risking her career to get treatment in rehab. Lovato also reflects on what it was like to reintegrate into the music industry, and that recovery is a life long journey.

Lovato’s song “Warrior” has been a major influence in Lovatics’ lives.

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Lovato has simply said that the lyrics speak for themselves when she sings, “There’s a part of me I can’t get back / A little girl grew up too fast / All it took was once, I’ll never be the same / Now I’m taking back my life today.”

Women and men everywhere can find empowerment in this song that is written all over the bodies of Lovatics.

Lovato has been open about her eating disorders (ED), and helped fans face their own truth.

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It doesn’t take much for young Americans to have distorted views of their bodies, especially when the entertainment industry values thin, white, blonde bodies.

Lovato has spoken out saying that she’s owning her Latinidad, and finds her “curves” sexy. We all deserve to take up space.

One fan shared Lovato’s Instagram love that got her through a rough patch…

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I mean, I would frame that if I was her. Lovato loves her fans as hard as they love her, which is why she deserves all the love being sent her way.

In the same post, @lovatoart shared what compelled Demi to comment on her post:

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Lovato attests to being bullied growing up and has been an outspoken activist to fight an end to bullying since. She aims to empower young people to find value in themselves rather than what anyone else thinks.

Many fans shared about how Lovato helped them through attempted suicides.

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“She’s my idol and role model, not because she’s perfect but because she’s real.” ❤️❤️❤️

Lovato sets the kind of radical honesty, self love and culture of acceptance we all want to live in.

So Lovatics have recommitted to the singer during her time of distress.

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Lovato’s overdose and hospitalization has been very public. In her song “Sober,” she apologizes to her fans but they have her back, forever.

It’s pretty clear that fans hope #HowDemiHasHelpedMe will help her.

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While we’re sure that the celebrity wants to protect her privacy to a certain degree, her vulnerability in her songs has garnered die-hard fans. She’s laid her heart out for the world to see, and anyone who isn’t compassionate to her must have a lot of their own sh*t to work out. #GotMeRiledUp

Lovatics are backing up their support with specifics:

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They really know how to write a persuasive essay tweet. 🐥

Like this one teenager who decided against suicide after meeting her.

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If Lovato can get through a childhood of abuse, bullying, and mental health issues and become Demi Lovato, then we can become ourselves, too.

Lovato has inspired more skyscrapers than ever before to “rise from the ground”

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“You can take everything I have / You can break everything I am / Like I’m made of glass / Like I’m made of paper / Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper.”

Listen to her voice and have all the chills.

Kids were literally pushed to the ground and got back up because of her.

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Pick yourself up enough times and it gets easier every time. Listen to ‘Skyscraper’ enough time and you feel all the more powerful for it.

The poems are flowing into Lovato’s Twitter feed.

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So many of them are poems that fans wrote years before that helped them get through a hard times that are resurfacing now. They’re proof that Lovato has actually helped people choose life long enough to offer a hand to the singer when she needs one.

Here’s to hoping Demi feels bolstered in her hospital bed reading these tweets.

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I mean, we’re basically parroting all the advice Demi has given to her fans and trying to be the Demi to Demi that she’s been to us. 🤔 Tu sabes? ❤️

We especially hope Demi sees this one:

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We all make mistakes and they don’t define us unless we let them. We pick ourselves up, and remind ourselves to have compassion for where we’re at–it’s exactly where we’re supposed to be to reach our fullest expression of ourselves.

We’re praying for your recovery, Demi! Besitos y bendiciones 😘


READ: This Documentary Reveals The Truth Behind Demi Lovato’s Dangerous Cocaine Addiction And Eating Disorder

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

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Somebody get the shovel out of Gina Rodriguez’s hands because she officially went there with anti-black sentiments and said the N-word. Cue tear and the moment she dusts off her Afro-Latina card to excuse herself from backlash.

The former star of CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ has been ruffling feathers in the Black Twitter community for a while. Criticism of Rodriguez and her approach to speaking about and to the Black community goes all of the way back to 2017 when the actress criticized “Black Panther” for its lack of Latino inclusion. During a 2018 press junket, the Puerto Rican actress attempted to “All Lives Matter” actress Yara Shahidi when she was asked about being a role model for black girls When the actress tried once again to. Then, this year the actress was slammed not once by twice within a matter of months after she falsely stated that Latinas are paid less than any other race in Hollywood and then cried during a radio interview and essentially accused the Black community of being too hard on her while also using her father, who she claims is Afro-Latino, as an excuse for not being anti-Black.

Now the actress is facing backlash after posting a video of herself using the N-word while singing.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez posted a video of herself singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees to her Instagram stories.

“Voodoo, I could do what you do, believe me,” Rodriguez sang in the video, “N***** give me heebie-jeebies.” The video stayed up on her stories for before it was taken down. Later the actress apologized for her use of words saying in another story that she was sorry for singing along to the lyrics, which doesn’t really address the true issue.

“Hey what’s up everybody I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees to a song that I love that I grew up on. I love Lauren Hill and I’m really sorry if I offended you,” she said.

Many have speculated that Rodriguez thought because she was singing a lyrics she could get away with using the derogatory term.

Others have accused the actress of being flip with her apology.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez’s reaction to backlash is pretty on-brand for her previous anti-Black sentiments.

Latinas Are Opening Up About Their Experiences With Dealing With Postpartum Depression And It’s The Most Important Thing

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Latinas Are Opening Up About Their Experiences With Dealing With Postpartum Depression And It’s The Most Important Thing

When it comes to having a baby, there’s no doubt that parents will experience a wide range of emotions. From pride and joy to fear and excitement, having a baby, whether it’s for the first or the ninth time, will undoubtedly trigger all kinds of feelings you haven’t felt before. For many, giving birth can also produce a feeling that others would not anticipate: depression. 

According to the  Mayo Clinic, postpartum depression can occur not only in women but in new fathers as well and it is defined by mood swings, anxiety, sadness, crying and feelings of overwhelm. Many new parents will also experience irritability, reduced concentration, appetite problems and trouble sleeping. But the truth about postpartum depression is that it isn’t just unique to the feelings, in fact, the mood disorder can cause quite a bit of shame and isolation. After all, having a baby should be marked by a period of joy and happiness. But in reality, this isn’t always the case. Despite the fact that many expect new parents to be nothing but elated and a little bit starved for sleep around this time, in reality, PPD is not only very real but also perfectly normal to experience. In fact, according to Postpartum Depression Statistics, “approximately 70% to 80% of women will experience, at a minimum, the ‘baby blues’. Many of these women will experience the more severe condition of postpartum depression or a related condition.”

To get a better understanding of these feelings of depression and how Latinas deal with it in their own circumstances, FIERCE reached out to Latinas for their experiences in dealing with depression after they gave birth and how they learned to deal.

When it comes to PPD, you might feel too ashamed to reach out but there’s no one that will help you quite like your community.

Of course, like anyone dealing with depression, there is often a sense of shame tied to your sadness that will likely prevent you from reaching out at first. After all, when it comes to mental health (particularly in the Latino community) the world has a lot to learn and a lot of coming around to do.

“I am so so thankful for the conversations starting to happen! When I got diagnosed with PPD even though I had resources available to me like therapy and doctors it wasn’t until I found my community of other moms in similar situations that I felt not alone. Community is everything!” – twistedforsugar

Opening up to family can start the healing process.

No doubt about it, reaching out to your amigas, BFFs, and mommy groups will likely help you find the kind of support and love you need to climb the mountain of depression you might be experiencing. But it’s also important to remember that sometimes receiving comfort from your family can be way more helpful than you might have expected. After all, you know who else has likely either dealt with PPD or experienced it first hand for themselves long before you did? Your mama and your papa.

“I was the first to be open about my partum depression in my family. (Prior to that my family didn’t believe it existed). But, now we get to talk about it and it’s so healing!” – karlasturtz

Take a vacation and remember that even though your kids might see you as Wonder Woman, you’re also a real woman with real concerns that should be taken care of.

Yes, mama, you deserve as much attention and love as your newborn too. Don’t worry about reshaping your post-birth body right now. Jump into your favorite bathing suit, head off to your favorite ski sights and do you girl.

“Swear this made me cringe on how I did it twice and big freaken S/O to all those mommas that did it with 5+ kids!! Y’all need a damn holiday named after you wonder women!” – yes.its_still.me11

Just remember, yes you have a baby now so things are different, but you’re still deserving of love, light and a whole lot of patience and self- love.

You know how on flights, attendants always tell you to put your mask on first before you put on someone else’s? PPD kind of works that way too. Of course, you never want to neglect your little one but be sure to be kind to yourself just as you are to your newborn. 

“Yea i was definitely NOT prepared for my stomach to be big, and saggy for the first few months after” – thebitchyhippie559

Above all, get professional help.

Self-treatment is never really the most effective or safest way to go. If you think that you have postpartum depression, be sure to reach out to a support group. Postpartumdepression.org has a ton of resources for you here.