Fans are sharing their emotional stories of how Demi Lovato has helped them through hard times
25-year-old singer Demi Lovato was hospitalised on Tuesday afternoon after a suspected drug overdose. Thankfully, the latest news from her spokesperson is that she is "awake and with her family", and seems to be recovering from the incident.
TMZ reported that it was a heroin overdose, with sources claiming that she was still unconscious when paramedics arrived at her Hollywood Hills home. However, Lovato's representative appeared to dismiss these claims, stating 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."
Lovato is known for her outspoken nature, especially when it comes to sharing personal experiences about struggles she's had with addiction and mental health in the past. In June, she released a new single called Sober, in which she alludes to a relapse during her six-year sobriety: "Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / 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."
There has been an outpour of supportive messages since the news came out about Lovato, including messages from celebrities like Ariana Grande, Ellen Degeneres, Lili Reinhart, Tyra Banks and Shawn Mendes. However, the latest wave of messages from Lovato's fans are the most emotional.
A hashtag has been made for people to share stories of how Lovato and her music has helped individuals through their own struggles. It's called #HowDemiHasHelpedMe, and was started "so hopefully Demi sees positive things if she comes online".
The stories from fans are extremely touching, and show just how much the former Disney star has impacted the lives of many young people.
At a concert in March this year, Lovato stopped her set to sit and talk to fans about her struggles with addiction in the past. She also shared with them that she was celebrating six years of sobriety on that date.
"Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car," she said. "And I just remember thinking, 'This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I’m just like my dad.' So I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something has to change, I’ve got to get sober’ — so I did."
It is this kind of honesty that many fans appreciate, with several of them being able to personally relate. Lovato checked herself into rehab for the first time at age 18, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her recent hospitalisation appears to be the first time in her six-year sobriety that she relapsed, which only highlights how powerful addiction can be – and that it is not a choice.
It is clear that Lovato is very loved, and that she has helped thousands of fans all over the world going through similar issues. We wish her all the best and do hope she sees that hashtag to see how grateful everyone is for all she's done.