The actor has always been open about their struggles with mental health... | 22 Words

Since revealing to fans that they now identify as non-binary with the pronouns they/them, Demi Lovato has received a lot of messages of support...

And the most recent is from Courtney Stodden.

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Who has said that going forward, Demi's announcement will help to save lives.

Now, we all know and love Demi Lovato for being a person of many talents...

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And they have cemented a firm career for themselves as a singer, songwriter, actor, and producer.

But just like many young Disney stars...

Lovato has had their fair share of struggles over the years.

The actor has always been open about their struggles with mental health...

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And they are often praised for their candid and honest approach to the topic.

Lovato also has a history of substance abuse...

And they revealed that they are a sufferer of bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, and self-harm.

They have struggled with drug and alcohol addictions since the age of seventeen...

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And Lovato was first admitted into rehab at the age of eighteen.

And as the years have gone on, Lovato has decided to speak out about their struggles more and more.

In 2017, they released the YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated.

It followed their day-to-day life and they spoke very candidly about their past drug addiction, battle with their weight, and taking control of their life.

Lovato had previously been sober for nearly 6 years, though their battle with an eating disorder is still ongoing.

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"Food is still the biggest challenge in my life," they said in the film after admitting to relapsing and purging that year.

The star has also admitted that their "destructive behavior" stems from their eating disorder.

But back in 2018 Lovato experienced one of their most life-threatening moments yet.

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In July 2018, the actor was found unconscious at their home in Los Angeles after suffering a major overdose.

They were administered Narcan before being rushed to a nearby hospital.

Following the overdose, the star spent nearly 2 weeks in a hospital before undergoing treatment at a rehab facility and sober living facility for several months.

The press was made aware of the overdose but as it turns out, it was so much more serious than anyone realized.

Last month, Lovato's latest YouTube documentary, Dancing With The Devil, was released...

And the star got seriously candid over how serious their overdose in 2018 was.

"I've had so much to say over the past 2 years wanting to set the record straight about what it was that happened."

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"I've had a lot of lives. Like my cat, you know? I'm on my 9th life," they added.

They explained the overdose was that severe, they suffered 3 strokes, a heart attack, and was left with some brain damage.

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"I had 3 strokes. I had a heart attack," they said, "My doctors said that I had 5 to ten more minutes. I crossed a line that I had never crossed."

Lovato then says to the camera:

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"I was left with brain damage and I still feel the effects of that," adding that they no longer drive because of blurry vision.

So, as you can see, Lovato has experienced some very dark times...

But it seems as if the actor is finally embracing their true, authentic self even after all the ups and downs.

Because they've just announced they now identify as non-binary.

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Writing a statement, the singer told their followers on Instagram:

"Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity and chance to be who we want and wish to be. I've spent the majority of my life growing in front of all of you… you've seen the good, the bad, and everything in between."

"Not only has my life been a journey for myself, I was also living for those on the other side of the cameras."

"Today is a day I'm so happy to share more of my life with you all - I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward," they then wrote.

Lovato explained:

"This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I'm still learning and coming into myself, and I don't claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I'm doing this for those out there that haven't been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way."

Alongside the written caption, they shared a teaser for their new podcast series, 4D, in which they explained:

"Over the past year and a half, I've been doing some healing and self-reflective work. And through this work I have had the revelation that I identify as non-binary. With that said, I'll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them. I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression, and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering."

Since the news broke, messages of support have flooded in...

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With the most recent one coming from Courtney Stodden...

Courtney, who also came out as non-binary recently, spoke with TMZ revealing that they haven't reached out to speak to Demi yet, as they want to give them space...

However, they do plan to chat with Demi at some point soon.

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Courtney also explained how Demi coming out as non-binary will help the community.

They explained that a celebrity as high profile as Demi will help the community feel validated.

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And for those who are still struggling to come out it will help them feel strong and confident enough to do it...

Something that could ultimately help to prevent suicide.

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