The 2020 holiday season held a special significance for Demi Lovato, as she spent the time commemorating her recovery from an eating disorder. Taking her celebrations to Instagram, the songstress shared a photo of her stretch marks and opened up about her continued experience with body acceptance.
On Christmas Eve, Lovato shared an Instagram slideshow featuring images from a solo. photoshoot that she did earlier this year during lockdown. "In honor of my gratitude for the place I'm in today, this was a lil shoot I did by myself in quarantine this summer when I wanted to celebrate my stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them," she wrote.
The "Anyone" singer accompanied the photographs with additional thoughts on her recovery, writing: "I used to genuinely believe recovery from an eating disorder wasn't real. That everyone was faking or secretly relapsing behind closed doors…I'm so grateful that I can honestly say for the first time in my life — my dietitian looked at me and said 'This is what eating disorder recovery looks like.'"
As Lovato explained, she chose to celebrate her stretch marks, and as part of the photoshoot, she covered them in loads of sparkle. "I started wearing actual glitter paint on my stretch marks to celebrate my body and all of its features (whether society views them as good OR bad) My stretch marks aren’t going away so might as well throw a lil glitter on em' amiright," she wrote.
Closing the note, she acknowledged that 2020 had been a tough year for many, and she encouraged followers to be gentle with themselves. "Let this be a reminder to anyone who doesn't think it's possible: IT ACTUALLY IS," she wrote. "If you slip up and remember to get right back on track because you're WORTH THE MIRACLE OF RECOVERY."
Throughout 2020, Lovato has shared her experiences with recovery. Previously appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said that it had felt like the last six years of her life were being controlled by others, including her eating habits. "I struggled really hard with an eating disorder, yes, and that was my primary problem. Then it turned into other things. My life, it just felt it was so, and I hate to use this word, but I felt like it was controlled by so many people in my life," she explained.