Demi Lovato 'awake and with her family' after apparent overdose: A look at her struggles with drugs and alcohol

Demi Lovato is “awake and with her family” following an apparent overdose.

Yahoo Entertainment confirmed the singer was rushed to the hospital Tuesday for a medical emergency. TMZ reports that when paramedics arrived at Lovato’s home, the 25-year-old singer was unconscious; she was revived with Narcan, an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses. TMZ claims she suffered what appeared to be a heroin overdose; however, a source tells Yahoo “it’s not heroin.” Regardless, the good news is that Lovato is OK.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” a rep for the singer tells Yahoo in a statement. “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.”  

The scary incident comes one month after Lovato released her personal new ballad “Sober,” in which she sings about falling off the wagon. Although the former Disney star didn’t elaborate on what caused her to relapse, Lovato has been open about battling alcohol and substance abuse — namely cocaine and prescription pills — in the past. She has never mentioned heroin.

In her 2017 YouTube documentary Simply Complicated, Lovato revealed that she began using drugs at age 17. “I felt out of control the first time I did it. My dad was an addict and an alcoholic,” she admitted. “Guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol because it fulfilled him and he chose that over a family.”

Demi Lovato performs during the California Mid-State Fair on July 22 in Paso Robles, Calif. (Photo: C Flanigan/Getty Images)

The former Camp Rock star first went to rehab in 2010. Along with seeking treatment for alcohol and drugs, she received therapy for an eating disorder and self-harming. However, she relapsed shortly after leaving.

“I wasn’t working my program, I wasn’t ready to get sober. I was sneaking [cocaine] on planes, I was sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night,” she explained in Simply Complicated. “I went on a bender of, like, two months where I was using daily. … There was one night when I used a bunch of coke and I 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.’”

Lovato — who was also diagnosed as bipolar — said she went through “about 20” different sober companions. When her whole team threatened to walk out on her unless she got help, she entered rehab again in 2012.

In March, the “Skyscraper” singer celebrated six years of sobriety. She opened up about the triumph during an emotional moment at one of her concerts: “Yesterday, six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at nine in the morning, throwing up in the car, and I just remember thinking, ‘This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I’m just like my dad.’ So I made changes in my life. … The reason why 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 them to know that it’s OK. Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.”

But signs of trouble surfaced in April. While enjoying a night out with Disney alums in Hollywood, it appeared Lovato was holding a drink in one photo. She defended herself online, saying “it was red bull.”

Lovato began cryptically tweeting about her “truth” and starting a “new chapter.” Weeks later she dropped one of her most emotional singles to date, “Sober.”

“Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor,” she sings. “To the ones who never left me / We’ve been down this road before I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.” Another lyric reads, “And I’m sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again / I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human.”

Shortly after the song’s release, she got a new tattoo on her pinky finger that says “Free” in cursive. However, some were concerned when reports surfaced of a rift between Lovato and her longtime life coach and sober companion, Mike Bayer. He is also the CEO of CAST Centers, a treatment center co-owned by Lovato.

Whispers of trouble continued when Lovato appeared to hit the nightclub scene again. Last week, a Radar Online report claimed the singer had been going “off the rails” over the past two months. “Demi relapsed about two months ago because she stopped the accountability portion of her recovery. No one can get her attention. Her team tried to hire a sober coach, and she went nuts,” a source said.

Lovato has also apparently been hanging with a new, partying crowd including rapper G-Eazy. Although he denied they were dating, some close to Lovato were allegedly concerned about the new friendship given he was arrested for cocaine possession in May.

Last week, she cryptically tweeted about making mistakes.

But it has seemed like business as usual for the star on social media this week. She shared her excitement about making new music ahead of a performance on Sunday.

And even promoted tonight’s appearance on Fox’s Beat Shazam five hours ago.

Lovato’s Thursday concert in Atlantic City has been canceled. Fox has also pulled her Beat Shazam episode, which was scheduled to air tonight.


Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

  • Easter Islanders hope to swap a copy for iconic statue in UK museum
    News
    AFP News

    Easter Islanders hope to swap a copy for iconic statue in UK museum

    For 150 years, the British Museum has housed one of the iconic, heavy-browed stone figures that Chile's Easter Island is famous for. Now the islanders are hoping desperately to get it back. The statue, known as a "moai" and named the Hoa Hakananai'a, is one of hundreds originally

  • Europeans want Iran bank connected to world: French senator
    News
    AFP News

    Europeans want Iran bank connected to world: French senator

    European nations are seeking to ensure at least one Iranian bank stays connected to the world after the US imposed new sanctions against the country, a French senator said in Tehran on Sunday. The United States pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in May and has been reimposing punishing

  • Turkey vows to reveal 'naked truth' over Khashoggi death
    News
    AFP News

    Turkey vows to reveal 'naked truth' over Khashoggi death

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to reveal within days the "naked truth" over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Riyadh said it did not know the whereabouts of his body and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been unaware of any operation to kill him. In

  • Dozens Injured After Floor Collapses During Party Near Clemson University
    News
    HuffPost

    Dozens Injured After Floor Collapses During Party Near Clemson University

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson

  • Germany won't export arms to Saudi 'in current situation': Merkel
    News
    AFP News

    Germany won't export arms to Saudi 'in current situation': Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's violent death. "I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports (to Saudi Arabia) that they cannot take

  • Beto O'Rourke Declines To Answer Trump Attacks With 'Bitterness,' 'Name-Calling'
    News
    HuffPost

    Beto O'Rourke Declines To Answer Trump Attacks With 'Bitterness,' 'Name-Calling'

    Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Texas, passed on a

  • Former Dutch PM who resigned over Srebrenica dies
    News
    AFP News

    Former Dutch PM who resigned over Srebrenica dies

    Dutch politicians on Sunday paid tribute to former Labour Party prime minister Wim Kok, who resigned in 2002 following a scathing report into the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were slaughtered by Bosnian Serbs in July 1995 after the latter's forces took

  • Taiwan train crash kills 18 in deadliest rail tragedy in decades
    News
    Reuters

    Taiwan train crash kills 18 in deadliest rail tragedy in decades

    Eighteen people died and 175 were injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, authorities said, in the island's worst rail disaster in more than three decades. As of 9:35 p.m. (1335 GMT), all 366 passengers onboard - including the dead and injured - had been evacuated or removed

  • News
    Reuters

    Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY Times

    The Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained. Such

  • 18 dead after train flips in Taiwan
    News
    AFP News

    18 dead after train flips in Taiwan

    At least 18 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan on Sunday, the island's worst rail accident for more than 25 years. Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the

  • Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing 'grave mistake', says prince not aware
    News
    Reuters

    Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing 'grave mistake', says prince not aware

    WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake", but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware. The comments from

  • Video Shows Officer Punching Pinned 14-Year-Old Girl During Arrest
    News
    HuffPost

    Video Shows Officer Punching Pinned 14-Year-Old Girl During Arrest

    A Florida police department faces criticism after one of its officers was

  • No arms for Riyadh while Khashoggi questions remain: Germany's Merkel
    News
    Reuters

    No arms for Riyadh while Khashoggi questions remain: Germany's Merkel

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will not export arms to Saudi Arabia while the current uncertainty over the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi persists, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.

  • French teen charged over brandishing fake gun at teacher
    News
    AFP News

    French teen charged over brandishing fake gun at teacher

    A French teenager who was filmed threatening his teacher with a fake gun in a tough Paris suburb was charged Sunday with aggravated violence, prosecutors said. The incident, which was filmed and uploaded onto social media by one of the 15-year-old's classmates, took place Thursday at a high school

  • Honduran migrant 'caravan' resumes march from Mexico to US
    News
    AFP News

    Honduran migrant 'caravan' resumes march from Mexico to US

    Thousands of Honduran migrants whose journey toward the United States has triggered a series of tirades from US President Donald Trump resumed their long march Sunday after crossing a river into Mexico. Mexican authorities on Thursday had managed to block the "caravan" of migrants on a border

  • Crowds protest latest deadly rebel raid in DR Congo
    News
    AFP News

    Crowds protest latest deadly rebel raid in DR Congo

    Crowds protested in the streets in Beni, eastern DR Congo, after rebels killed at least 11 people and abducted 15 others, including children, in an overnight raid, local officials said. The attack, thought to have been carried out by members of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), targeted Beni

  • Canada installs Chinese underwater monitoring devices next to US nuclear submarine base
    News
    South China Morning Post

    Canada installs Chinese underwater monitoring devices next to US nuclear submarine base

    While the eyes of the world have been on the strategic tussle between Beijing and Washington in the South China Sea, Chinese scientists, with the help of the Canadian authorities, have succeeded in positioning four monitoring devices in waters just 300km (186 miles) off the United States’ Pacific coast

  • Saudis say 'don't know where' Khashoggi's body is
    News
    AFP News

    Saudis say 'don't know where' Khashoggi's body is

    Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday the kingdom did not know where the body of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi was, despite admitting to the killing and calling it a "tremendous mistake." Speaking in an interview on Fox News, Jubeir said the Saudi leadership initially

  • Floods kill firefighter in southern Spain
    News
    Reuters

    Floods kill firefighter in southern Spain

    A firefighter was found dead in the southern Spanish province of Malaga on Sunday, the fire service said, after heavy overnight rain swept through streets and forced hundreds of people from their homes. Almost 400 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours in the town of Ardales - around 62 km (40 miles)

  • Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico
    News
    Reuters

    Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico

    Defying the efforts of four governments to break them up, thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rose at dawn on Sunday from the shores of a river between Guatemala and Mexico and continued their trek northward. The migrants pose a challenge to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's promise late

  • China’s financial crisis team goes into overdrive with 10th meeting in two months
    News
    South China Morning Post

    China’s financial crisis team goes into overdrive with 10th meeting in two months

    A team led by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic aide and tasked with maintaining financial stability amid an escalating trade war with the United States and a weakening economy met for the 10th time in two months on Saturday. Vice-Premier Liu He assembled his Financial Stability and Development

  • Five-Star leader says he will defend Italy's euro membership
    News
    Reuters

    Five-Star leader says he will defend Italy's euro membership

    Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Five-Star leader Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday he was committed to preserving the country's membership of the euro zone. Rome's anti-establishment government is striving to reassure investors after a draft 2019 budget driving the deficit higher prompted a

  • Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zoo
    News
    Reuters

    Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zoo

    The lions had been held together at the zoo for eight years, producing three cubs in 2015, and zookeepers had never before noticed any aggression between the two, the zoo said in a statement issued on Friday. "We know it's a rare occurrence but it can occur in the wild and in human care,"

  • Man who foiled Nazi nuclear plan dies aged 99
    News
    Reuters

    Man who foiled Nazi nuclear plan dies aged 99

    The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany's nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials said on Sunday. Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or

  • Russia airs video of school gunman in 'Hate' T-shirt
    News
    AFP News

    Russia airs video of school gunman in 'Hate' T-shirt

    Russian television on Sunday aired footage of the teenage gunman who killed 20 at his college in Moscow-annexed Crimea calmly mowing down victims while wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Hate." A reporter said the security camera footage was broadcast because of widespread speculation