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Demi Lovato Celebrates Six Years of Sobriety With Inspiring Tweet: 'It Is Possible'

Demi Lovato is celebrating a truly meaningful anniversary.

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, who has been very open about her past struggle with substance abuse and self-harm, took to Twitter on Wednesday to open up about her on-going sobriety journey.

Lovato commemorated an important milestone in her recovery by sharing with her fans that she’s “just officially turned 6 years sober.”

“So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible,” Lovato wrote, ending her tweet with a prayer hands emoji.

The touching tweet elicited an outpouring of support from her fans, thanking Lovato for inspiring them to seek help and stay sober as well.

Last week, the 25-year-old singer opened up in an interview with Billboard about how her experiences as a celebrity have presented some real challenges to her sobriety – especially her time at the 2016 Met Gala.

“I had a terrible experience,” Lovato recalls. “This one celebrity was a complete b**ch and was miserable to be around. It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.”

To combat the temptation, Lovato left the event and headed straight to a 10 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

“I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on — millions of dollars of diamonds on in an AA meeting,” she adds. “And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala.”

ET caught up with Lovato in March 2017, where she opened up about what motivates her to fight her vices and stay emotionally healthy.

“What keeps me on this path is there’s a drive that I have to stay sober because I know that my life depends on it,” she reflected. “If I would have continued down that road, I don’t know if I’d be here today.”

Check out the video below to hear more from the Confident artist.

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'Anything is possible': Canadian curler Jennifer Jones eyes another Olympics

Winnipeg skip Jennifer Jones has won everything there is to win in the sport of curling, including five Canadian championships, a world championship and Olympic gold.

If there’s a curling bonspiel with Jones in it, she’s expected to win. So when she lost the Manitoba playdowns last year to miss the Scotties, after 12 previous appearances, players and fans across Canada were shocked.

Jones, though, might be the only one who wasn’t. In fact, she says it might have been the best thing that could have happened to her team in the lead up to another Olympic curling trials, running Dec. 2-10 in Ottawa. The men’s and women’s winners will represent Canada in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.

“I don’t know if it reignited anything because I believe we always have that fierce competitive fire,” Jones said. “It just allowed us an opportunity to have time during the season which we never have.”

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Instead of panicking, Jones and her team of Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen packed their bags and headed to the Caribbean for a team holiday. At a time of year they’d normally be on the ice, they were soaking up the sun on the beach.

“It was the first time we’ve ever done that,” Jones said. “We really regrouped and started our prep for this year as soon as provincials were over. In a way, we felt we really got a head start on this upcoming year and believe that we’re in a good spot.”

They were relaxing, but they were also going over what they needed to do to get back to the top of their game, a process that started quite a while ago.

‘Mapping it out’

“I think we’ve been kind of mapping it out for the last four years, to what you want that to look like and how you want to be able to try to perform to your best that week.”

And so far, it’s gone according to plan.

Jones’s team has won the last two Grand Slam events heading into this weekend’s Roar of the Rings.

She’ll have some serious competition there, including three-time Canadian champion and current world champion Rachel Homan. But at this point in her career, nothing really seems to faze Jones.

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Jones, along with teammates Jill Officer, centre, Dawn McEwen, right and Kaitlyn Lawes (not pictured) took a sunny regroup together earlier this year after missing the Scotties. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

“I think every team there believes they have that winning formula right now and we hope that we do as well,” she said. “We’ve done it before so hopefully that is one of the small little advantages that we can take into this Olympic trials.”

There was a time when Jones was consumed by curling, but now she’s the mother two young daughters, five-year-old Isabella and one-year-old Skyla. It’s providing her a different perspective not only on the game, but on life as well. 

“All I want them to know is that they can achieve anything and they can dream anything and it’s the path along the way that really makes life worth living,” she said.

Late last year, Jones, with husband Brent Laing and the girls, moved to Horseshoe Valley near Barrie, Ont. Laing is no stranger to elite curling. He’s won three Canadian and world titles over the years. It’s a curling household.

“He’s my biggest fan and a big reason that I believe I was able to perform at the Olympics,” Jones said. “Brent has made me such a better curler. He has given me just a great outlook on life, a great outlook on curling and he was there for me like a rock at the Olympics.”

And should Jones and her team fail to qualify getting to the Olympics, Jones has a second opportunity by virtue of playing mixed doubles with Laing. The two could potentially compete at the Games together .

“I don’t find it challenging to play with my husband because we have always have talked curling. We’ve practised together all the time too,” Jones said. “I love mixed doubles. It’s such a fast moving, aggressive style of game. And then I had the opportunity to play with the love of my life.”

Jones wants her love of curling and excellence in the sport to prove to her daughters they can be anything they want in to be in life. She’s constantly reminding of them of this message. And so when her birthday rolled around this summer, she received a surprise she could have never imagined.

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Jones shares a hug with husband Brent Laing, and daughter Isabella. Laing is also a curler and the pair compete in mixed doubles. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

“Isabella composed a song and everybody had to say something special about me and what she said was that anything is possible. That’s what she knows about me because I tell her that anything is possible all the time,” Jones said.

And that’s what’s driving Jones to get back to the Olympics now. She hopes to also be a role model for many more women in sport.

“Hopefully I can inspire some young people to try and chase their dreams whatever it may be.”

Should Jones win the trials in Ottawa to earn the right to represent Canada in February, she’ll become the first skip in this country’s curling history to lead a women’s team back to the Olympics. In 2014, Jones went undefeated to capture gold for Canada in Sochi.

Life-changing moment

“It’s really hard to put into words what it’s like to win an Olympic gold medal and the pride that you feel,” she said.

When Jones reflects back on her career, she gets lost for words when trying to describe how this all came to be. She says she was a shy, young girl from Winnipeg who wanted to be the best at everything she did. She fell in love with curling and has carved out a career playing the sport. 

“I had dreams and goals but to have it actually come to fruition and to do it with my amazing teammates who are just the greatest people is remarkable,” she said. “If you can stand on top of an Olympic podium at any moment in time it is a life-changing moment.” 

And she wants to do it again, for her teammates, for her husband, for her daughters. 

“Through all of this, through all the curling, through all the sacrifice that we have made, if my little girls come out of this knowing that anything is possible, it’s all been worth it.

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Texans in Hurricane Harvey's path urged to 'evacuate as soon as possible'

A Gulf of Mexico storm rapidly intensified early on Friday spinning into potentially the biggest hurricane to hit the mainland United States in 12 years, taking aim at the heart of nation’s oil refining industry.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an updated forecast Friday morning that the outer rain band from the powerful storm was already hitting parts of the lower and middle Texas coasts.

Forecasters cautioned that “catastrophic flooding” is expected in the southern and southeastern parts of the state.

As of 11 a.m. ET, the storm was about 185 kilometres southeast of Corpus Christi with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h.

On its current track, Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Earlier Friday, as the storm swirled toward the land, officials at the hurricane centre urged people to rush to complete preparations ahead of the storm.

The storm could bring a surge in sea levels as high as 3.7 metres and dump up heavy rain over parts of Texas.

“Now is the time to urgently hide from the wind. Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life, or immense human suffering,” the U.S. National Weather Service said earlier in the day.

Texas officials expressed concern that not as many people are evacuating compared with previous storms.

“A lot of people are taking this storm for granted thinking it may not pose much of a danger to them,” Gov. Greg Abbott told Houston television station KPRC.

“Please heed warnings and evacuate as soon as possible.”

Abbott has activated about 700 members of the state National Guard ahead of Hurricane Harvey making landfall.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he’s been in touch with the governors of the states in the storm’s path.

State transportation officials were considering when to turn all evacuation routes from coastal areas into one-way traffic arteries headed inland.

John Barton, a former deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, predicted state officials will do so before the storm hits. But storms change paths, and if traffic starts moving in the opposite direction too early, supplies such as extra gasoline needed to support impacted areas can’t get in, he said.

Flood warnings, storm surge risk

Some storm-related warnings and watches are also in effect for northern Mexico and Louisiana. The threat has triggered evacuations and cancelled the first day of school in communities along the south Texas coast, which is home to 5.8 million people from Corpus Christi to Galveston.

Storm surge is expected to be a major risk as Harvey nears, with “a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline” in some areas.

The hurricane centre said the deepest water will likely appear on the coast and northeast of where the storm makes landfall. Large and destructive waves will come along with the expected surge, forecasters warned.

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Lilyann Lewis packs the vehicle on Friday as her family gets ready to evacuate their home before the approaching Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

All seven counties on the coast from Corpus Christi to the western end of Galveston Island have ordered mandatory evacuations of tens of thousands of residents from all low-lying areas.

In four of those counties, officials ordered their entire county evacuated and warned those who stayed behind that no one could be guaranteed rescue.

Voluntary evacuations have been urged for Corpus Christi itself and for the Bolivar Peninsula, a sand spit near Galveston where many homes were washed away by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Energy companies shut coastal refineries, pulled workers from Gulf of Mexico offshore oil platforms and halted onshore drilling in south Texas on Thursday. Just under 10 per cent of offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude output capacity and nearly 15 per cent of natural gas production was halted by midday, government data showed.

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People are stocking up as more counties along the Texas Gulf coast order mandatory evacuations. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Harvey is forecast to come ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, which would make it the first major hurricane to hit the mainland U.S. since Hurricane Wilma struck Florida in 2005.

Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled New York and New Jersey in 2012, never had the high winds and had lost tropical status by the time it struck. But it was devastating without formally being called a major hurricane.

“We’re forecasting continuing intensification right up until landfall,” National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

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