Demi Lovato 'set to be released from hospital' following suspected overdose
Last week, Demi Lovato fans feared for her as it was announced that the 25-year-old star had been rushed to hospital following a suspected overdose. The singer is known to have had a long and public battle with drugs and alcohol, as well as a number of mental health problems, but was thought to be on the road to recovery until earlier this year.
Initially, it was reported that Lovato had overdosed on heroin, but these rumours were dispelled when her representatives issued a statement saying that: "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and [Lovato and her family] respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now."
Since then, we have learned that the Sorry Not Sorry artist has suffered complications during her hospital stay. According to the latest reports, however, it appears that Lovato is set to be released from medical care in the imminent future.
According to TMZ, the singer "is doing a lot better and the plan is for her to get out of the hospital this week".
This news comes despite other recent reports that Lovato "wasn't doing well" at first.
One source close to the star told People: "[Lovato] came down with a fever and showed signs of an infection. She is currently being treated for issues that are very common after a drug overdose. She will need to stay in the hospital for a few more days, but is expected to make a full recovery."
Now that she seems to be over the worst of it, though, she is deemed to be fit enough for discharge. However, it is unlikely that she'll go straight home. Instead, her family are hoping that she will check herself into rehab in order to help her with the ongoing treatment she will need for her addictions.
"The decision [to go to rehab] is ultimately Demi's, and we're told the people closest to her, along with some of the people who work for her, are going to draw a line in the sand - either go to a facility for help, or lose our number," TMZ reported.
Lovato has had one stint in rehab before, all the way back in 2010, and has since spoken very publicly about her battles with mental health problems and alcoholism.
In March this year, though, she stopped a gig to give a speech that implied she had finally kicked her self-destructive compulsions.
"I made changes in my life, and the reason I became so open about my story is because I know that there are people here tonight that need to ask for help, and I want you to know that that’s okay," she said at the time, adding: "I take care of myself. And I can never say ‘Thank you’ enough to you guys for the support that you’ve given me over the years, and you’ve forgiven me for my mistakes."
When Lovato is eventually discharged, we can only hope she checks herself into rehab for the sake of her own wellbeing.