It’s been one year since Demi Lovato tragically lost her father, Patrick, after a long battle with cancer. And to honor his memory, the talented singer shared a series of photos of a younger Demi with her dad and a heartbreaking message of mourning.
“Can’t believe it’s already been a year.. Wish I could’ve hugged you one last time.. RIP Daddy, I love you,” she wrote with the pictures of her big smile and the man she sadly lost.
Can't believe it's already been a year.. Wish I could've hugged you one last time.. RIP Daddy, I love you. pic.twitter.com/kuR6p1hkTx— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 20, 2014
Can't believe it's already been a year.. Wish I could've hugged you one last time.. RIP Daddy, I love you. pic.twitter.com/kuR6p1hkTx
After posting the picture, the 21-year-old also shared a more positive message about her late father.
“My dad suffered from severe mental illness so at least there’s peace in knowing he’s not suffering anymore,” she told her 22 million Twitter followers.
My dad suffered from severe mental illness so at least there's peace in knowing he's not suffering anymore.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 20, 2014
My dad suffered from severe mental illness so at least there's peace in knowing he's not suffering anymore.
At the time of Patrick’s death, Demi had been estranged from her him for several years, having been raised by mother, Dianna, and stepfather, Eddie De La Garza.
Even though she hadn’t spoken to Patrick since 2007, she hinted at his possible struggle with alcoholism in the song “For The Love Of a Daughter” which includes the lyrics, “Oh, father, please, father/I’d love to leave you alone/But I can’t let you go/Oh father, please, father/Put the bottle down/For the love of a daughter.”
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Demi—who has faced her own demons—recently opened up about her treatment for drug use, an eating disorder and bipolar disorder to Seventeen Magazine.
“Since I went to treatment, there have been days when it’s felt really easy, and I’ve felt great about where I am. But then I have moments when it’s not. That’s life,” the August cover girl tells the mag.
“You can’t just take your mind and your body into the shop and get it fixed. It doesn’t come out repaired. It’s not like a car. It takes time—pace yourself. Every day is a new opportunity to change your life and be who you want to be.”