Singer Demi Lovato has appealed for privacy and has urged fans not to believe tabloid stories as she continues her recovery from a suspected drugs overdose.

The 26-year-old was hospitalised in July after being taken ill at her home and says she is now "happy and clean" after spending time in rehab.

In a series of tweets posted on Friday night (US time), Lovato wrote: "I love my fans, and hate tabloids. Don't believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story. Sickening."

She continued: "If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF. Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it's no one's business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME."

Lovato said that someday she would "tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened and what my life is like today".

"But until I'm ready to share that with people please stop prying and making up s*** that you know nothing about," she requested. "I still need space and time to heal."

"I would love to set the record straight on all the rumors out there but I literally don't owe anyone anything so I'm not going to," she added. "All my fans need to know is I'm working hard on myself, I'm happy and clean and I'm SO grateful for their support.

"I'm so blessed I get to take this time to be with family, relax, work on my mind, body and soul and come back when I'm ready. I have my fans to thank for that. I'm so grateful, truly."

Lovato is among the nominees in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category at next year's Grammy Awards for her collaboration with Christina Aguilera on the song Fall in Line. The awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10. 

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