Demi Lovato is reportedly "stable" after being hospitalised for a heroin overdose on Tuesday afternoon. TMZ first reported that the 25-year-old was transported to an L.A. hospital from her home in the Hollywood Hills. According to the outlet, Demi's aunt, Kerissa Dunn, posted on social media that Demi is "awake and responsive."
While TMZ reports the overdose is heroin related, a source close to Lovato claims to People that it is not.
Demi has struggled with with addiction, mental illness, and eating disorders for years, and has regularly come forward to discuss the stress of remaining sober, shedding light on her journey in the 2017 Youtube documentary, Simply Complicated.
“You have to speak out about stuff,” she previously told InStyle. “You have to use your voice for good.
"That’s what I think a lot of people are starting to do. I didn’t have anybody who was doing that when I was younger. I grew up in the era of really, really skinny celebrities. That was the look. And it was cool to be seen partying. Drugs were glamorised, and when I was 12 or 13, nobody [I looked up to] was talking about mental illness. Nobody was talking about eating disorders. Nobody was talking about cutting. I wanted somebody for my little sister to look up to. I took on that role because I knew it was important.”
After getting into an altercation with a backup dancer who outed her for using Adderall during her Camp Rock 2 Tour, Lovato received inpatient treatment in 2011 at age 18, when she was also officially diagnosed as bipolar. “I just came to a breaking point; the next 12 months were extremely difficult,” she told InStyle. “I was using while I had a sober companion and I went through like 20 sober companions. I was either craving drugs or on drugs. I was not easy to work with. It’s embarrassing to look back at the person that I was.”
She also revealed that at age 19 she felt the need to turn her life around.
“I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just nine in the morning and I was throwing up in the car,” she said. “I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh, my God that is alcoholic behavior.’ [It’s] no longer, ‘I’m young and rebellious and having fun.’ ‘It was, ‘Wow, I’m one of those people, I gotta get my s— together.”
In her documentary, Demi says the turning point came when her management team and Phil McIntyre threatened to stop representing her and take away her phone if she didn't stop. “This was the gateway to everything,” McIntyre said in the documentary. “This was the wrong people, it was the drug dealers, it was a lot of the negative influencers in her life that were coming through the cell phone.” After handing over her phone, she was finally able to begin the road to sobriety.
In June 2018, Lovato released the song Sober, in which she admits to relapsing after six years of sobriety. In the ballad she sings;
Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore
And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilt on the floor
To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down this road before
I’m so sorry … I’m not sober anymore
According to a source, Demi has been privately struggling for a while. “Things have been a total mess for months. She and her team severed ties, and they played a large part in getting her sober years ago. She hasn’t been in a good place,” reports People.
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