Demi Lovato's sister posts emotional #HappyBirthdayDemi tribute on singer's 26th birthday: 'Today could have been one of the worst days of my life'

Suzy Byrne
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Today is Demi Lovato‘s 26th birthday — and it’s not lost on family or friends that she almost didn’t reach it.

While the singer is in treatment after an apparent overdose on July 24 (reportedly on fentanyl-laced oxy), she will have limited contact with the outside world for several months, but that hasn’t stopped her nearest and dearest — and those devoted Lovatics — from marking the day. Using #HappyBirthdayDemi, they have been spreading love in posts, but perhaps none is as poignant as the one shared by Lovato’s little sister, Madison De La Garza, 16.

Demi Lovato with her sister Madison De La Garza in 2011. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Demi Lovato with her sister Madison De La Garza in 2011. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Along with a photo of a young Lovato holding her as a baby, De La Garza, of Desperate Housewives fame, thanked the “Sober” singer’s doctors for saving her sib’s life, noting, “Today could have been one of the worst days of my life, but instead i get to spend it thanking God, the incredible doctors, demi’s team, and everyone across the world who offered their support — without all of these people i wouldn’t have my big sister anymore.” She also shared a few words on what the real Lovato is like, revealing things like how Lovato brushes De La Garza’s hair behind her ear while she tries to fall asleep or how the superstar’s nostrils flare when she says certain words. “Because those are the things i’m thankful for today,” De La Garza wrote. “They seem so small, but those little things make up my sister — not a singer, not a celebrity, and definitely not what she’s been described as in the media — she’s a daughter, a friend, and my big sister … and i am so, so thankful that i can tell her happy birthday.”

This is especially moving because Lovato previously revealed that her sister had once served as a catalyst for her getting sober. In 2017, Lovato said during an interview on the Jonathan Ross Show, “One of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mom and dad [said I couldn’t be around her] if I was doing stuff.”

Their mother, Dianna De La Garza, reshared the post, writing that she is “blessed beyond relief today.”

Many of Lovato’s fans have been posting birthday tributes as well. They’re just spreading love to the performer they stan — and urging her to stay strong and keep fighting.

Over the weekend, Lovato’s pal and backup dancer Dani Vitale took to social media to deny supplying the singer with drugs before her overdose. (“I have NEVER touched nor even SEEN a drug in my entire life,” Vitale wrote. “I DO NOT DO DRUGS, nor would I ever encourage, or supply them to anyone I love.”) She also talked about how the rumors stating she did affected her and prevented her from even leaving her house.

Lovato has been very candid about her struggles through the years with addiction, self-harm, and bipolar disorder. On July 24, just a few months after sharing in song that she was no longer “Sober,” she suffered an apparent overdose at her L.A. home after a night of partying. A report that surfaced last week stated she had freebased oxycodone on aluminum foil but didn’t realize the batch “appeared to be laced with fentanyl.”

She’s currently in a “several months”-long treatment plan to get her on track, including a stay in Chicago to work with a renowned addiction specialist. Her get-well plan includes limited contact with the outside world. According to E! News, Lovato “hasn’t been in communication with anyone,” including her ex Wilmer Valderrama, who had visited her multiple times at the hospital in L.A. She “is really focusing on herself” and “her health right now,” and her family is making sure they “eliminate all distractions.”

So while she might not be reading all those online birthday tributes, hopefully she is still feeling the love that so many people have for her — today and always.

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