How Demi Lovato’s Rise To Superstardom Has Coincided With Her Struggles With Addiction

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

On Tuesday, Demi Lovato was reportedly rushed to the hospital following a drug overdose. Demi has been open about her struggles with addiction and mental illness over the years, though not much information is known about this specific incident.

After the public caught wind of Demi’s hospitalization, Demi’s rep released a statement: “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support. 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.”

Now 25, Demi has been in the spotlight since she was a child, and she’s been struggling with addiction and mental illness for just as long. After being bullied heavily as a kid, she became suicidal at age 7. Two years later, she had developed an eating disorder.

When Demi tried cocaine for the first time, she was just 17 years old and still working at the Disney Channel. She had just released her first album, and she used the drug as a coping mechanism while on tour.

“I loved it,” the star said.

In 2010, Demi went to rehab for the first time, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But she relapsed soon after leaving. “I was either craving drugs or on drugs,” Demi said of that time.

In 2013, though, she checked into another sober house. This time, it finally stuck — for six years.

However, Demi revealed in a 2017 documentary that she was still struggling with other issues, including her eating disorder. Soon after the sixth anniversary of her sobriety, she seemed to have relapsed. She even released a single on the subject, “Sober,” admitting she wasn’t sober anymore.

The star is reportedly stable following Tuesday’s overdose. Watch the video below to see how Demi Lovato’s fame has affected her struggle with addiction.

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