Demi Lovato opened up recently on the Ellen show about the chain of events that led to her overdose in July 2018. The pop star powerhouse has always been candid about her struggles and triumphs with sobriety and this instance is no different. Lovato took full accountability for her choices, but noted that her team’s attitude did trigger her to fall back into old habits.
“I lived a life for the past six years that I felt wasn’t my own,” Lovato said. “My life, I just felt, was so … controlled by so many people around me. If I was in my hotel room at night, they would take the phone out of the hotel room so I couldn’t call room service. Or, if there was fruit in my hotel room, they would take it out because that’s extra sugar. We’re not talking about, like, brownies, and cookies, and candies and stuff. It was fruit”
A Troubled Childhood
Lovato went in-depth about her struggles with drug and alcohol abuse in a YouTube documentary titled, Simply Complicated. The singer struggled with substance abuse long before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression in her teen years. Lovato finally sought treatment after punching one of her backup dancers who wanted to report her drug use. She opened up about her struggles in order to heal and inspire others to seek help. Six years sober, Lovato relapsed and even sang about it on her single, “Sober,” in June 2018. Her fans thought the song’s release was a sign the singer was going to seek help again.
Lovato overdosed a month later.
After The Overdose
Demi Lovato has made incredible strides in her recovery process since her overdose. She sang the National Anthem at the first Super Bowl of the new decade and released and new hit single, “I Love Me,” with a corresponding empowering music video.
The singer has inspired a legion of fans who look up to her not only for her powerful voice, but her bravery in speaking out about her struggles. Strength isn’t avoiding issues or pretending that they simply aren’t there, and Lovato has managed to turn her struggles into strength time and time again.
Today, Demi Lovato is working hard to re-establish herself as a major player in the pop music world. The release of “I love Me” triggered an entirely new fandom for the star, as she strives to become closer to her authentic self with each release.