Demi Lovato had a heartbreaking Memorial Day weekend, saying goodbye to her 93-year-old great-grandmother “Mimaw,” who died on Sunday.
“This morning I lost my world and the world’s most special woman,” Lovato, 23, wrote on Instagram. “I miss her more than words can even describe. There is an emptiness in my heart that only her spirit can fill and I pray that I will feel her by my side every single day until we meet again.”
The loss came less than a year after the death of her 88-year-old great-grandfather, “Papa.”
Lovato had been asking her fans for prayers for “Mimaw” over the past few months on social media. She went on to thank her fans for all of their support.
“The love and support I have received has been empowering and so special to me,” Lovato wrote in the post. “I love all of you so much and I am forever grateful for the prayers, texts and fan art my Lovatics have made me. Thank you.”
The “Cool for the Summer” singer — who previously battled eating disorders and cutting due to insecurities and anxieties — says she owes much of her newfound confidence to her great-grandmother.
“I attribute my strength to her. She held on when she lost the love of her life. The one she was married to for 53 years. She smiled even though she lost a son just this year. She told everyone she loved them every single chance she got and she joked even when her strokes left her unable to speak properly. The smile that she had not only could light up a whole room but it most definitely lit up the entire nursing home. The pain I feel is almost unbearable but because of her strength I will power through it,” Lovato wrote.
On Twitter, Lovato reminded fans the importance of appreciating each moment in life. She also said she felt grateful to have the chance to say goodbye to Mimaw before she died.
Even though the two were 70 years apart, Lovato says they shared an incredibly close bond. She ended her touching Instagram message by speaking directly to her late great-grandmother.
“Mimaw, I hope you are with Papa now,” she said. “I hate that I can’t hear your voice but I love that you are no longer in pain. I love you so much and I miss you more than anyone could ever imagine. I’ll miss your smile, your wittiness, painting your nails and your kisses. I really do love you more. Rest in peace and most importantly rest in the Lord.”