A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department told E! News Tuesday they “transported a 25-year-old female patient to a local hospital,” while the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed both divisions had “responded to a medical emergency” near her Hollywood Hills home; NBC News reported Lovato was taken from her home to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
(For privacy reasons, the LAFD and LAPD would not reveal the woman’s identity.)
First responders who were called to the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer’s home used naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote, to reverse the effects of the overdose, multiple sources told NBC News. TMZ originally reported she had overdosed on heroin, but then backtracked, saying it was another drug; a source close to Lovato told E! News the singer did not overdose on heroin. Audio of the emergency call, obtained by TMZ, revealed she was unconscious upon their arrival. Lovato allegedly refused to tell police and first responders what drugs had caused her overdose, according to The Blast; LAPD officers collected an “item of evidence” related to illegal drugs that are not typically associated with heroin, the website claimed. A spokesperson for the LAPD later confirmed to E! News Lovato is not under any form of criminal investigation.
E! News exclusively revealed her mom and older sister are currently by her side in the hospital. In a statement issued late Tuesday night, the “Heart Attack” singer’s publicist said, “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, who celebrated six years of sobriety in March, seemingly revealed last month she had relapsed. In the ballad “Sober,” Lovato sang, “Mama, 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.” The emotional song was released two months after fans speculated she was drinking again. At the time, different versions of the same photo were posted to separate Instagram accounts: In singer Hayley Kiyoko‘s picture, Lovato held a cup containing a yellow liquid—and in the other shot, the cup was blurred out. “I don’t have to defend anything,” she said on Instagram, “but it was Red Bull.”
Lovato first entered treatment in 2010, where she was treated for addiction, bulimia and self-harm; it was there that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Lovato later admitted to relapsing after she left the rehab center—so, she entered a sober living facility for a year. “I wasn’t working my program. I wasn’t ready to get sober,” she said in Simply Complicated, a YouTube documentary released in 2017. “I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew.” For years, Lovato continued doing drugs in secret. “I went through like 20 sober companions. I was either craving drugs or on drugs,” the diva revealed. “I was not easy to work with. It’s embarrassing to look back at the person I was.”
Last year, Lovato was honored with the “Spirit of Sobriety” award in Beverly Hills. “Every day could be a battle,” the Camp Rock a pair of role player aforesaid at the time. “You simply need to take it sooner or later at a time.”
Whether Lovato resumes her world tour Sept. twenty in capital of Mexico remains to be seen. Either way, her family, fans and friends area unit hopeful she’ll air the road to recovery when she’s discharged.
(The singer’s reps haven’t aforesaid however long she’s going to stay within the hospital.)
Lovato spoke concerning her sobriety struggles in an exceedingly 2011 interview with E! News to market “Skyscraper,” her 1st single since effort treatment. “It’s a daily journey and it’s positively progressing to be a struggle that I’ll need to touch upon for the remainder of my life. typically i believe, ‘Why couldn’t I even have been normal?’” At the time, Lovato acknowledged there would be bumps within the road: “I’m not progressing to be good, but…if I will create it through the day, that’s all that matters.”
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