Demi Lovato is feeling renewed after visiting Israel, a place she calls ‘magical.’ The popstar is sharing a glimpse into her time in the Middle East, where she was baptized, paid her respects at a memorial site, and visited children with special needs.
Lovato posted a series of images on her Instagram account, where she spoke passionately about the transformative power of her latest trip. Describing herself as an American singer who was raised Christian and has Jewish roots, Lovato says that she jumped at the opportunity to visit the places she had read about in the bible. “There is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now,” says Lovato. “Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life.”
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I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes. There is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now. Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life. This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel 💗
In addition to her baptism, Lovato also spent time at The World Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem. The singer shared black and white images from the memorial center, including the hall of names, which includes pictures of a small number of the six million people who were murdered in the Holocaust. Lovato’s time at Yad Vashem left an impact on the singer, with Lovato writing “My heart was absolutely broken in Yad Vashem. This was such a beautiful tribute and a reminder that we can never forget.”
Demi also spent time in Israel visiting some of her young fans, including children who attend the Shalva National Center, an organization that provides services for people with disabilities. Posing with a young girl who had a special connection with Demi, Lovato wrote “While I was over there I fell in love with this little beauty at the Shalva National Center. What an amazing center for children with special needs.”
Lovato’s trip to Israel is another step in the singer’s continuing efforts to find balance and positivity in her life and mental space. Demi recommitted herself to her sobriety this year after enduring a terrifying overdose in July 2018, which marked an end to Lovato’s six years of sobriety. Signing with Scooter Braun in May and celebrating her 27th birthday in August, Lovato appears to be more focused than ever on leading her life with a more healthy and positive mindset. “This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul,” writes Lovato, who credits Israel for filling the “God-sized hole in my heart.”
Lovato has already been sharing her message of self-love this year, including a post about her cellulit(e) that went viral earlier this month. Sharing an untouched pic of herself in a bikini, Lovato wrote “I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.” Yas kween.