Demi Lovato cancels tour dates to focus on recovery

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Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP/CNN) — Demi Lovato has canceled the rest of her fall tour to focus on her recovery.

The singer was scheduled to perform in Mexico in September and in South America in November, but announced Thursday that she would not perform the shows.

Over the weekend Lovato checked out of the hospital she was rushed to on July 24 for a reported overdose. The 25-year-old wrote a lengthy post Sunday on Instagram, saying she remains committed to overcoming addiction.

Lovato has spoken about her struggles with an eating disorder, self-mutilation, drugs and alcohol. She celebrated six years of sobriety in March but recently relapsed, revealing the news in the song "Sober," released in June. The track hit a new peak this week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 47.

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Lovato's family and her former boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, had been by her side since her hospitalization.

Lovato has been open about her struggles with an addiction to cocaine and alcohol, as well as mental health issues and an eating disorder. She also sought professional help for substance abuse and entered rehab in 2010.

"You just have to take it one day at a time; some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well," Lovato said during a speech last year while being honored at a drug prevention event.

"I make sure I stay on my medications," she said, adding that she was seeing a therapist twice a week. "I go to AA meetings. I do what I can physically in the gym. I make it a priority."

In the hours after news of Lovato's hospitalization broke, her fans took to social media with the hashtag, #HowDemiHasHelpedMe, to talk about how she and her music have helped them with their own struggles.

Lovato released a single in June called, "Sober," in which she revealed she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.

"I'm sorry for the fans I lost / Who watched me fall again," Lovato sings on the track. "I want to be a role model / But I'm only human. ... I'm sorry that I'm here again / I promise I'll get help."

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