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Demi Lovato shares glitter stretch marks on Christmas eve: 'This is what eating disorder recovery looks like'

Demi Lovato wrote, 'I wanted to celebrate my stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them. I started wearing actual glitter paint on my stretch marks to celebrate my body'
UPDATED DEC 25, 2020
Demi Lovato (Getty Images)
Demi Lovato (Getty Images)

Pop queen Demi Lovato is making this Christmas more empowering and intimate with her fans by sharing a personal story of victory against long-fought eating disorders. On December 24, the ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer shared a bunch of pictures on Instagram donning glitter all over her stretch marks with a heart-touching caption, which says, "This is what eating disorder recovery looks like."

Lovato, 28, has been vocal about her eating disorder for the last few years. Her 2017 Youtube documentary ‘Simply Complicated’ revealed how the ‘Unbroken’ crooner has been battling the eating disorder which comes with its own setbacks, relapse, and a whole lot of personal moments of ‘shame’. She spoke about it candidly saying, “The less I have to think about food, the easier it is to go about having a normal life and I don’t want to let anybody down so when I do have moments when I slip up, I feel very ashamed.”

It has been three years since the documentary, and finally, Lovato is ready to share the other end of the spectrum with a splatter of glitters. Here’s what the ‘Confident’ singer said.


Lovato wrote, “I used to genuinely believe recovery from an eating disorder wasn’t real. That everyone was faking or secretly relapsing behind closed doors. “Surely she throws up here and there”, “she can’t POSSIBLY accept her cellulite”... those we’re just a few of the things that I used to tell myself growing up. 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.” 

She added, “I wanted to celebrate my stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them. I started wearing actual glitter paint on my stretch marks to celebrate my body and all of it’s 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 also talked about having faith in the recovery process and reminding “to anyone who doesn’t think it’s possible: IT ACTUALLY IS. YOU CAN DO IT. I BELIEVE IN YOU. This year was tough.. be gentle on yourself if you slip up and remember to get right back on track because you’re WORTH THE MIRACLE OF RECOVERY.” 

Lovato’s Instagram post has prompted her fans to celebrate the victory with the ‘Give Your Heart a Break’ singer. A fan wrote, “The way how over the years demi remains to be so open and honest despite whatever comments people make about her....its honestly so inspiring and I cant thank her enough bc her being so open has helped so many of us. @ddlovato im so proud of you. ily & thank you.” Another said, “I'm  sooo happy for her. Also wow....fckin' HOTTT! WOW! Who would think of adding glitter...but wow glad she did!”



In 2020, Lovato released a bunch of singles including her comeback single 'Anyone' which she performed in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. She also performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl LIV in February followed by her March release 'I Love Me' which got her two MTV VMA nominations, making her the first artist in VMAs history to receive a nomination every year for eight consecutive years. Lovato also released a political ballad titled "Commander In Chief" ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election. She collaborated with Marshmello and released 'OK Not to Be OK' in September. She also released another single 'Still Have Me' through Twitter in September. Recently, she was also featured on the song "Monsters" by rock band All Time Low, alongside Blackbear.