Demi Lovato is continuing her journey of self-love, celebrating a trip to Israel where she reconnected with her roots and her faith.
The singer took to Instagram to share photos from her trip.
“I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes,” she wrote.
While visiting The World Holoaust Center and meeting children at the Shalva National Center for disability services and support, Lovato also renewed her faith. She was baptized in the Jordan River, the same river where Jesus was baptized.
“I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now,” she said. “I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart.”
The former Disney star has been vocal about her Christian faith throughout her battle with substance abuse, addiction and mental health. After six years of sobriety, Lovato relapsed with an apparent overdose last July. She wrote on Instagram that she “thanked God for keeping her alive.” She is now one year sober.
“So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession,” she wrote on Instagram after celebrating five years clean. “I’m so proud of myself but I couldn’t have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me.”
As reminders of her faith, Lovato has a cross tattooed on her right hand and the words “Let go and let God” on the tops of her feet. At this stage in her life, the ability to reconnect with that faith was exactly what she needed.
“This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul.” she wrote. “Thank you for having me, Israel.”
While Lovato takes some well-deserved time for herself, a new album may be in the works. She teased new music in an Instagram story post in June.
“You know what’s great about making an album? You get to say anything you want, be as open and honest as possible and finally tell your side of the story regardless of who might not like it,” said Lovato.
This will be Lovato’s seventh studio album and her first under new manager, Scooter Braun. While Lovato’s past albums have featured personal ballads like “Warrior” and “Skyscraper” about her journey to recovery, in light of her recent faith journey, this album may feature a more real and authentic song about her spiritual beliefs. We can’t wait to hear her side of the story.
There’s no word yet on an album name or release date, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer.