I’m holding on. Since her first stint in rehab in 2010, Demi Lovato has been outspoken about her battle with drugs and alcohol.
When they were on tour with the Jonas Brothers, Lovato sought treatment at the age of 18 after a fight with one of their backup dancers. They checked into a sober house in 2013 to help them maintain their sobriety and cope with their eating disorder and bipolar disorder. The former child star revealed in a 2018 power ballad titled “Sober” that they had relapsed after six years of sobriety.
Lovato was rushed to the hospital after a near-fatal drug overdose at their California home one month after releasing the track. They spent nearly two weeks in the hospital and three months in rehab after that.
The Disney Channel alum’s daily routine wasn’t always easy, according to a source who spoke exclusively to Us Weekly about their difficult recovery. In July 2019, one year after the life-altering incident, an insider said, “Every day is a constant struggle for Demi.” “However, especially following the first anniversary of her relapse, [they’ve] remained determined to live a life of sobriety and to live [their] life to the fullest potential.”
Lovato was “surrounding herself with supportive people” at the time, including ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, who had been a rock for them throughout their recovery. The couple dated for six years before breaking up in 2016.
The singer of “Skyscraper” hasn’t been shy about discussing their most difficult public moments over the years. They revealed the dark details of their 2018 overdose in a trailer for their moving YouTube Originals docuseries, Dancing With the Devil, released in February 2021.
“I had three strokes,” says the narrator. Lovato explained, “I had a heart attack.” “My doctors said I had five to ten minutes left,” she said.
Lovato maintained a positive attitude while reflecting on their painful memories and ongoing struggles. “Like my cat, I’ve had many lives.” In the teaser for the March 2021 web series, the singer says, “You know, I’m on my ninth life.” “I’m ready to return to doing what I love, which is making music,” she says.
Relive the star’s most candid quotes about their ups and downs over the years by scrolling through.