The news of Demi Lovato’s overdose has shook Hollywood, leaving everyone with more questions than answers. Here’s what we know.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department told E! News Tuesday they “transported a 25-year-old female patient to a local hospital,” while the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed both divisions had “responded to a medical emergency” near her Hollywood Hills home. NBC News reported Lovato was taken from her home to Cedars Sinai Medical Center. (For privacy reasons, the LAFD and LAPD would not reveal the woman’s identity.)
First responders who were called to the singer’s home used naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote, to reverse the effects of the overdose, multiple sources told NBC News. TMZ originally reported she had overdosed on heroin, but then backtracked, saying it was another drug; Audio of the emergency call, obtained by TMZ, revealed she was unconscious upon their arrival. Lovato allegedly refused to tell police and first responders what drugs had caused her overdose, according to The Blast; LAPD officers collected an “item of evidence” related to illegal drugs that are not typically associated with heroin, the website claimed. Furthermore, Lovato is not under any form of criminal investigation.
Lovato, who celebrated six years of sobriety in March, seemingly revealed last month she had relapsed. In the ballad “Sober,” Lovato sang, “Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And 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 / I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.” The emotional song was released two months after fans speculated she was drinking again. At the time, different versions of the same photo were posted to separate Instagram accounts: In singer Hayley Kiyoko’s picture, Lovato held a cup containing a yellow liquid—and in the other shot, the cup was blurred out. “I don’t have to defend anything,” she said on Instagram, “but it was Red Bull.”
In light of Lovato’s current hospitalization, a source revealed to People, “Things have been a total mess for months. She and her team severed ties, and they played a large part in getting her sober years ago. She hasn’t been in a good place.” Meanwhile, another insider told the magazine the pop princess “has been fighting depression and anxiety for quite some time” and “is still in such a dark place. She was sober for a while, but not completely sober for six years.”
We will keep you updated as the story unfolds.