Demi Lovato comes forward about her cocaine usage
For years, Demi Lovato was known as the Disney Channel darling, the star of Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. Lovato was alongside Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus as one of the most famous young girls in the Disney empire, filling all our TV screens with their shows, or at least, our family TVs used by our younger sisters.
Now, Lovato has a new documentary coming out, titled Simply Complicated, where she opens up about a number of topics, including her cocaine usage, which started at age 17 and resulted in a 2010 rehab stint. She also revealed that she suffered a relapse, and had been using the drug while publicly going on a campaign for sobriety.
Lovato opened up about all these contradictions, and indeed it seems that her life is 'simply complicated'.
Discussing a painful addiction, Lovato said:
"I wasn't working my programme, I wasn't ready to be sober. I was sneaking cocaine on planes, I was sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. I went on a bender of like, two months, where I was using daily. I was using while I had a sober companion, and I went through about 20 different sober companions. I would sneak out and get drugs, I would fake my drug tests with other people's pee."
Two months of using cocaine daily does sound rather insane. We're glad that she's still alive! What a horror it would be for a childhood star to be killed by addiction. The fact that she made it through is remarkable.
But cocaine wasn't the only drug she used. Xanax, now a favorite among the youth was also involved in an overdose scare that stayed with her.
"There was one night when I used a bunch of coke and popped a few Xanax bars and I began to choke a little bit. My heart started racing and I thought to myself: "Oh my God, I might be overdosing right now."
At one point, Phil McIntyre, Lovato's manager, threatened that her entire management team would abandon her unless she stopped using cocaine. This intervention took place during a time when Lovato was publicly talking about how great being clean and sober was, while sneaking cocaine onto planes in secret.
Her parents even banned her from seeing her own sister until she recovered, a move which I'm sure influenced her desire to change. It takes a lot of guts to come forward and be honest about your own hypocrisy. For so many people, hypocrisy is the one thing they cannot acknowledge.
Saying that your public persona was completely fake for long periods of time takes incredible courage.
The fans responded very well to it all:
What do you think? Are you surprised by Lovato's cocaine habits? Or are you more impressed that she was honest about living a double-life? Either way, we all surely remember Camp Rock, and it's a great thing that Lovato is comfortable enough to tell us all this, putting it firmly in her past.