Pop music superstar Demi Lovato has been hospitalized for an apparent heroin overdose, TMZ is reporting.
Lovato, who has been open about her addictions – and, after some years of dodging questions, about being attracted to both men and women – was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital just before noon today, sources told TMZ. Lovato is now in stable condition, People reports.
The singer has talked about her use of alcohol, cocaine, and Oxycontin, and she has reportedly been off these substances for six years. But a new song, “Sober,” discusses her relapse.
“Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore,” she sings in “Sober.” “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."
Prior to today’s incident, a source had told ET Online that Lovato had started drinking again while on tour earlier this year. "Demi relapsed and started drinking alcohol again," another source told ET. "Her song is intense, but that's how she deals. She has to be brutally honest and put it out there so that she's not burdened with holding on to her struggles privately." Apparently no one, however, had said she was using heroin.
Lovato discussed both sobriety and sexuality in the documentary Simply Complicated in 2017. "I actually have anxiety around this interview," she said in the 78-minute YouTube film. "The last time I did an interview this long I was on cocaine."
She also talked about the breakup of her relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama and said she was seeking matches with both men and women on the dating app Raya. "I am on the dating app with both guys and girls," she said in the film. "I am open to human connection. Whether that's through a male or a female, it doesn't matter to me."
Lovato performed Sunday at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles with Iggy Azalea, a friend of hers, and she has additional concert dates scheduled.
"I was just really proud of her that she was honest, because it's really hard to be honest with yourself," Azalea told ET, ahead of the show, of Lovato’s “Sober” song. "So to be honest with the whole world, [to share] something that you struggled with very publicly, it's something that is very admirable. I was very proud of her to see her write that song and put it out."
A representative of Lovato released a statement Tuesday evening, according to CNN. "Demi is awake and with her family, who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support," the statement said. "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."
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