Singer Demi Lovato taken to hospital after a suspected drug overdose on Tuesday the 24th of July, in Los Angeles before noon, according to TMZ.
The celebrity news website reported that police informed them that the 25 year-old was found unconscious and taken to hospital from her Hollywood Hills home located at the 8000 block of Laurel Drive, from what was first thought to be a heroin overdose.
However, according to TMZ, a source close to Lovato denied that it was a heroin overdose, but did not reveal what drug caused the overdose. The ‘Sober’ singer was reportedly treated with Narcan – an emergency treatment used to reverse an opioid overdose.
“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support. Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now,” Lovato’s rep said in a statement to Variety.
In her song ‘Sober’, which was released on the 21st of June, the singer appears to admit to relapsing, just after celebrating six years of sobriety.
After struggling with bouts of drug, one of which was cocaine, and alcohol addiction, she sings, “Momma I’m so sorry. I’m not sober anymore. And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled 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.”
During her last performance, on stage at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on Sunday, before being hospitalized, Lovato was filmed struggling to remember the words to her song ‘Sober’.
Lovato has a long history of struggles previously suffering from depression, bulimia, self-harming and being bullied, all before being admitted to rehab, in November 2010. During her treatment, Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“I’m not gonna lie. I was self-medicating. I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain,” says Lovato.
In 2013, it was reported that Lovato had been residing in a sober-living facility in Los Angeles for more than one year, because she felt it was the best way to avoid relapsing and returning to her addictions.
In an interview with Katie Couric, Lovato said: “Treatment was so difficult at first. I remember walking around saying ‘I’m in prison! They needed to have those strict rules in order for me to understand how sick I was. I wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom by myself. We had specific phone times. There are tons of things you weren’t allowed to have, you weren’t allowed to have certain hair products or whatever, that you could injure yourself with or possibly drink, and you were just stripped of a lot of things.”
In her 2017 YouTube documentary, ‘Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated’, she revealed that her treatment at Timber Knolls was not completely successful. Stating that she struggled with alcohol and cocaine addiction, in the year following her rehab stint, in fact she revealed that she was under the influence of cocaine while being interviewed about her sobriety for ‘Demi Lovato: Stay Strong’.
Lovato stated: “I wasn’t working my program. I wasn’t ready to get sober. I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew.”