Demi Lovato has been anything but private over the last few years. Since taking a break from the industry to deal with her mental health, drug and alcohol addictions, and an eating disorder in 2013, the 鈥淪orry (Not Sorry)鈥 singer has given zero effs when it has come to what people might think about her. In her new documentary, Simply Complicated, the star talks about all of it and more, which is why she felt compelled to share a shocking side-by-side before and after photo of her recovery from an eating disorder to send fans the powerful message that 鈥渞ecovery is possible鈥 from eating disorders.

Sharing a pic from the height of her eating disorder and a snap from now, the difference of a few years is jaw-dropping, but that doesn鈥檛 mean that Lovato wants to keep her recovery secret. In fact, she wants the opposite.

Talking with Teen Vogueabout the release of Simply Complicated, she said, 鈥渋t was really hard to talk about on camera. But I knew that if I was honest, it would help somebody understand. Sometimes I鈥檓 not perfect with my recovery and my eating issues, but I keep fighting. And I want people to see that.鈥

While it鈥檚 important to remember that eating disorders and addiction look different for everyone, what鈥檚 hopeful in both the documentary and Lovato鈥檚 continued commitment to being honest with fans is that it is possible to get better, and win in a battle over your personal demons.

鈥淵ou can learn to love yourself,鈥 Lovato told Teen Vogue about what she thinks her doc鈥檚 takeaway is. 鈥淔all in love with yourself鈥 before you fall in love with other people. So it鈥檚 possible to become an independent, strong [person] on your own.鈥

If you are suffering from an eating disorder, please call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. For a 24-hour crisis line, text 鈥淣EDA鈥 to 741741.

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