Demi Lovato gets baptised in Israel's Jordan River, fills 'God-sized hole in heart'

Demi Lovato has shared her experience travelling to "magical" Israel, where she was baptised in the Jordan River. 

The troubled pop star, who had a near-fatal drug overdose last year, told her 74.5 million Instagram followers the trip had been important for her "well-being, heart and soul".

Lovato explained that as an American singer who was raised Christian and has Jewish ancestors, she wanted to visit the places she'd read about in the Bible as a child. 

"I've never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God... something I've been missing for a few years now," she wrote. 

"Spirituality is so important to me... to be baptised in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptised – I've never felt more renewed in my life." 

Lovato added she was "grateful for the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole" in her heart. 

The 27-year-old also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, where she said her "heart was broken" by the exhibitions in the museum. 

"This was such a beautiful tribute and a reminder that we can never forget," she wrote on Instagram. 

The 'Sorry Not Sorry' singer also shared a snap with a little girl at the Shalva National Center, an organisation which helps differently-abled children in need. 

Lovato had been sober for six years before relapsing and being rushed to hospital in July last year. She went on to check into a rehab facility, and in June this year teased that she was making new music.