Demi Lovato fans hit back at fat-shamers: ‘Better to gain weight and be alive’

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Demi Lovato (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s been a difficult few months for Demi Lovato, who survived a near-deadly overdose in July. But after 90 days in rehab, the 26-year-old is back in the public eye. Earlier this week, the “Confident” singer took to Instagram to share a photo of herself looking happy and healthy as she cast her vote in the U.S. midterm elections. “I am so grateful to be home in time to vote!” she wrote.

The post was the first time she’s publicly posed for a photo since being hospitalized, and it came after the singer was recently spotted out and about in Los Angeles, grabbing a coffee following a workout. Healthy habits have been the focus for the former Disney star, who has been spending time at a sober-living facility and her mother’s house, as well as staying with friends.

According to a source, the goal for Lovato is to “live a more relaxed lifestyle before she dives back into working.” Although most fans are happy to see Lovato looking healthy, the star has been the target of hurtful comments about her weight. “Damn she got fat,” one person commented. “She turkied up,” another added.

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Demi Lovato in Los Angeles. (Photo: Demi Lovato/Twitter)

“Looks like she gave up drugs for food,” one user commented on Lovato’s photo. “Should start doing meth to keep thin.”

Lovato’s fans have been rallying around the star, taking to social media to defend the singer and report hateful comments. “Better to gain weight and be alive than be skinny and on drugs, you people are so cruel,” a supporter wrote. “After all she’s been through and her weight is all people can dwell on.” “She looks amazing and people need to stop bullying her,” another added. “She is still a beautiful person inside and out and I am so proud of her <3 Be kind to her please.”

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Photo: Demi Lovato/Twitter

The preoccupation with the star’s weight is something she addressed earlier this year by sharing photos of her stretch marks and cellulite to Instagram with a positive message to fans. “I have cellulite just like the other 93% of women do. What you see on Instagram isn’t always what it seems to be. Let’s embrace our real selves,” she wrote at the time.

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