Selena Gomez breaks silence on Demi Lovato's apparent overdose
After six years of sobriety, Demi Lovato fell off the wagon, and suffered from a suspected overdose. On July 24, paramedics picked up the unconscious singer at her home in the Hollywood Hills and rushed her to the hospital. Fortunately, she survived the ordeal. On August 4, she checked out of the hospital and into a rehab facility shortly afterward to get sober again.
"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet," she wrote in a statement, speaking out for the first time since her hospitalization.
As a mental health advocate, Demi has been open about her battles with addiction, bipolar disorder and body issues. She's put also her struggles in her music, revealing she had a relapse in the song Sober. Fans, friends and family members were crushed to hear about her apparent overdose, and posted public messages of support.
We heard reactions from Justin Bieber and Demi's ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, but not Demi's childhood friend Selena Gomez. On Instagram, Selena Gomez's mom, Mandy Teefey, shared a throwback photo of the two former Disney stars. "This was exactly 10 yrs ago at [Selena's] Sweet 16," Mandy wrote, in an emtional caption. "@ddlovato we love you. The world is a better place because of these infectious smiles. My heart hurts."
In an interview for the October issue of Elle, Selena broke her silence on Demi's suspected overdose. She revealed that while she didn't speak out publicly, she reached out privately. According to the article, six days after the incident, Demi was still in the hospital due to complications, and Selena got choked up talking about it:
"All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I…I love her. I’ve known her since I was seven. So…it’s…that’s what I’ll say."
In order to put the past behind her, Demi is selling the $9.5 million home where she suffered the overdose. Currently she is still checked into rehab, and said to be doing great. "This is a long road," a source told People. "She wants to be sober. She wants to get help. She understands that it will take a lot of work and commitment to stay healthy, but this is what she wants."
"I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery," Demi wrote in her public statement. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, contact Your Life Your Voice on 1-800-448-3000, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline on 1-800-273-8255.