Demi Lovato was apparently rushed to the hospital today after suffering from a heroin overdose. The star has battled addiction in the past before.
According to TMZ, Demi was taken from her Hollywood Hills home to the hospital before noon, and is currently being treated. Her condition is not yet known. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to People, “LAPD and LAFD responded to a medical emergency at the 8000 block of Laurel View Dr. at 11:40 a.m.” The LAPD did not name an individual or confirm that it was Lovato they were dealing with.
In the past, the 25 year old has struggled with substance abuse, an eating disorder and mental illness. In 2011, she went to rehab to seek further treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and addiction. She relapsed after leaving the facility, and then had to go to a sober living facility for a year.
After six years of sobriety from alcohol, cocaine and oxycontin, Lovato revealed in a song called Sober that she had fallen off the wagon. The lyrics of the song include, “Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor. And I’m sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again / I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human.” At the end of the song, she said, “I’m sorry that I’m here again / I promise I’ll get help / It wasn’t my intention / I’m sorry to myself.”
Before releasing Sober, she revealed at a concert in Brooklyn that her life had gone to the point where she was “drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at nine in the morning, throwing up in the car and I just remember thinking, ‘This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I’m just like my dad.’ So I made changes in my life.’”
Fans and other celebrities have taken to social media to comment on the news, and are sending Lovato their thoughts and prayers. The #PrayForDemi has quickly taken off in support of Lovato’s battle.
— Demi Brasil (@demibrasil) July 24, 2018
— AL (@archivesdlovato) July 24, 2018
the lyrics said it all
Stay strong Demi Lovato, we send you love and prayers to you and your family ??? pic.twitter.com/8Z5vjoTCHW
— nina (@Sagittairement) July 24, 2018
I hope to god Demi Lovato is gunna is be okay
— Haillie (@ESXTERlC) July 24, 2018
Demi Lovato has helped so many people, I hope she fights through this and wins ?. #PrayForDemi
— Leona Rahman (@leona_R18) July 24, 2018
Relapses happen. Sobriety is a roller coaster, not a straight line. Recovery is an hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year process. Mental health is not one size fits all and those struggling need compassion, not cruelty. Much love to @ddlovato.
— Kathleen Glasgow (@kathglasgow) July 24, 2018
— Demi Lovato Charts (@dlcharts) July 24, 2018
addiction is a daily battle and you never know what people are going through. we all love you so much & I know that you’ll pull through, please stay strong bby @ddlovato #PrayForDemi pic.twitter.com/QsC983a6bv
— sim (@cIosetomidnight) July 24, 2018
Heartbroken to hear about Demi Lovato. I hope she’s ok.
— Olivia (@PartyCatOlivia) July 24, 2018
The news about Demi Lovato is so sad. You are a survivor Demi, please get better. This is one of the reasons why we need to talk more and raise awareness of mental illness.
— Quinn Brown (@QuinnB112) July 24, 2018
Lovato was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City this week, but it remains to be seen whether she will be able to continue with her commitment.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 24-hour treatment referral hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).