22/12/2018 09:19 GMT

Demi Lovato Says She's 'Sober And Alive' As She Asks For 'Time To Heal'

The 26-year-old relapsed earlier this year.

Demi Lovato 

Demi Lovato said she is “sober and grateful to be alive” as she asked for “time to heal” during her recovery from a suspected overdose.

The 26-year-old was taken ill at her home in Los Angeles in July amid reports she had relapsed in her battle with addiction.

Demi has been open about her struggles with substance abuse and the star had spent a period in rehab following the latest setback and on Friday tweeted to say “don’t believe what you read”.

She said: “I love my fans, and hate tabloids. Don’t believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story. Sickening.”

It is unclear which reports she is referring to. 

She later added: “If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF.

“Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it’s no one’s business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME.

“Someday I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened and what my life is like today.. but until I’m ready to share that with people please stop prying and making up shit that you know nothing about.

“I still need space and time to heal.”

Demi broke her social media silence following her suspected overdose by posting a picture of herself voting in the US midterm elections in November.

She said she was “grateful” to be able to vote.

Demi was a child star and found fame on the TV series ‘Barney & Friends’ before appearing in the Disney Channel film ‘Camp Rock’.

She has since gone on to be a multi-platinum pop star with hits such as ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘Heart Attack’.