Demi Lovato has stunned fans by apparently confessing to suffering a relapse in her sobriety battle on her new single.
The Confident star, who previously overcame a cocaine addiction, surprised social media followers by announcing the release of Sober on Thursday (21Jun18), but listeners were left shocked after hearing the candid lyrics, in which she apologises to her loved ones for giving in to the temptation to drink alcohol.
"Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore/And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor," she sings on the ballad. "To the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before/I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore."
Demi, who marked her six year sober anniversary in March (18), goes on to apologise to fans on the tune, vowing to seek professional help to conquer her substance abuse issues once more.
"I'm sorry for the fans I lost, who watched me fall again/I wanna be a role model, but I'm only human," she adds, with the song concluding with the line, "I'm sorry that I'm here again, I promise I'll get help/It wasn't my intention. I'm sorry to myself."
Representatives for the 25-year-old have yet to comment on the meaning of the single, but Demi suggested she was speaking from the heart as she promoted the track on Twitter.
"My truth...," she wrote. "#sober out now".
Followers were quick to respond to the eye-opening lyrics, and although some expressed heartache and disappointment at her slip up, the majority of fans offered up their love, and urged Demi to remain strong.
"this ballad is so important for so many people. sobriety is a constant struggle and people feel helpless when they relapse but this is completely normal. i love you so much," commented one devotee, as another insisted, "You're not going to lose your real fans, and you didn't let anyone down. Very proud of you for your honesty. We love you".
"We appreciate your truth. We love you regardless of everything. We have no idea how hard it was for you, but remember you're never alone. Stay strong!" added a fellow supporter.
Another tweet read: "demi, you're one of the strongest people i've ever seen. but as you said: you're only human. it's okay not be okay sometimes. just know we won't leave you! love you to death girl!"
The release of Sober comes two months after some social media users questioned the pop star's sobriety after she was snapped holding a glass of amber-coloured liquid, thought to be beer, during a night out with her old Disney pals.
Firing back at the criticism, the Sorry Not Sorry musician wrote, "I don't have to defend anything but it was (energy drink) Red Bull."
Lovato previously checked into rehab when her substance abuse and body image issues led to a meltdown on tour with the Jonas Brothers in 2010.