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US pop singer Demi Lovato recovering after suspected drug overdose

A former Disney child star, Lovato has been open about her struggles with addiction as well as depression and eating disorders

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 July, 2018, 5:01am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 July, 2018, 10:06pm

A representative for Demi Lovato said she was awake and recovering with her family after the pop singer was reportedly hospitalised for an overdose.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” Lovato’s representative said in a statement Tuesday evening.

“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 statement did not provide any details on what led to the singer’s hospitalisation.

Emergency officials confirmed they transported a 25-year-old woman who lives on Demi Lovato’s block to the hospital after receiving a call at 11:22 am Tuesday.

TMZ was the first to report that Lovato had been hospitalised for a drug overdose, based on its sources, and other outlets including People magazine also reported her hospitalisation based on sources.

Lovato indicated in a new song released last month that she relapsed after six years of sobriety. On the song Sober, she sings the lyrics: “Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.”

In her YouTube documentary released last year called Demi Lovato, Simply Complicated she openly discusses her cocaine use and battles with alcohol.

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Fox said it would pull its episode of Beat Shazam featuring Lovato, which was to air Tuesday night.

“We have decided to replace the episode of Beat Shazam with another all-new episode. Our thoughts go out to Demi and her family,” the network said.

Lovato was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City on Thursday.

The hashtag #PrayForDemi trended on Twitter and several celebrities posted supportive words Tuesday, including Missy Elliott, Ariana Grande, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Kehlani and British electronic group Clean Bandit, whose current single Solo features Lovato.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that “it breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.”

The singer-actress, who entered rehab in 2010, struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues. She has spoken out about her battles with drugs and alcohol over the years, and she’s become a role model for young women and men who have faced their own issues.

The New Mexico-born performer rose to fame on Disney Channel shows Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance 10 years ago and forged a pop career with hits like Skyscraper and Sorry Not Sorry.