Demi Lovato successfully checks out of rehab only to be fat shamed by internet trolls

Demi Lovato successfully checks out of rehab only to be fat shamed by internet trolls

It's been a difficult year for Demi Lovato, who survived a near-deadly overdose back in July. The pop-star has, however, emerged triumphant: after 90 days in rehab, Lovato is back in the public eye.

Earlier this week, the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share a snap 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 captioned the picture.

This is the first time that Lovato has publicly posed for a photograph since being hospitalised, and it comes just days after she was spotted in Los Angeles, grabbing a coffee after a gym session.

Cultivating a healthy lifestyle has been the focus for the erstwhile Disney star, who has purportedly been spending time at a sober-living facility, as well as staying at her mother's house. According to a source close to the singer, Lovato is committed to living "a more relaxed lifestyle before she dives back into working."

And although the majority of her fans are happy to see her looking so healthy, she has also been the target of body-shaming trolls.

"Damn she got fat," one person commented on the snap, while another added "she turkied up."

"Looks like she gave up drugs for food," a third wrote. "Should start doing meth to keep thin."

However, most of Lovato's fans have been rallying around her, and have taken to social media to defend the singer and report the hurtful comments. "Better to gain weight and be alive than be skinny and on drugs, you people are so cruel," one well-wisher 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," a third added, while another wrote "She is still a beautiful person inside and out and I am so proud of her Be kind to her please."