For some celebrities, there is a dark side to fame and fortune. Demi Lovato can certainly relate to that, as she was hospitalized due to a reported overdose in July 2018. And a week later, country singer Keith Urban offered her some words of advice.
Born in August 1992, Lovato spent her childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before pursuing a career in the entertainment business. After performing in a number of talent competitions, she made her breakthrough at the age of ten, when she joined the cast of Barney & Friends. From there, Lovato’s life changed forever.
After making guest appearances on shows such as Prison Break, Lovato was then recruited by the Disney Channel in 2007. Over the next few years, she became one of the biggest stars on the network, starring in two original movies and fronting her own TV series. Lovato’s aspirations stretched beyond acting, however.
Lovato subsequently provided three songs for the soundtrack of her first Disney Channel movie, Camp Rock, working with the Jonas Brothers in the process. From there, she released her first studio album in September 2008, before producing another five albums over the next nine years. Despite that success, though, Lovato’s life wasn’t all plain sailing.
After fighting with a dancer during her 2010 tour, Lovato received treatment for a number of conditions, including bipolar disorder. During that period, it was also reported that the singer had a substance abuse problem, although she seemingly overcame her addiction. Six years later, however, that all changed.
In June 2018 Lovato released a track titled “Sober.” In the lyrics of the song, the 26-year-old confessed that she’d suffered a relapse, ending more than half a decade of sobriety. A month later, the situation then took an unsettling turn, when Lovato was hospitalized due to a reported overdose.
While recovering in hospital, Lovato received plenty of support from her fans across the world – but one voice in particular stood out. Indeed, country singer Keith Urban offered his own words on the situation, after having suffered from substance abuse problems himself in the past.
Urban was born in New Zealand in October 1967 before relocating to Australia early in his childhood. From there, Urban pursued his love of country music, releasing his debut album in 1988 to great acclaim in his homeland. The singer then decided to expand his horizons, as he made the big move to Nashville, Tennessee.
Urban eventually joined a country group in Nashville named The Ranch. The group released their one and only album in 1997 to a lot of fanfare, but the singer opted to go solo soon afterwards. Despite those early successes, though, it was reported that Urban was battling a cocaine addiction, and the singer admitted himself into rehab the following year.
After that, Urban forged an incredible career on the country music scene, culminating in a Grammy Award in 2006. Later that year, he wed Hollywood star Nicole Kidman before releasing a new album. Prior to the promotional work for that record, however, the singer went back to rehab in October 2016.
Urban revealed that he had an alcohol problem and spent three months inside the facility. After that stint, though, he apparently overcame his addictions again and found further success through his music. The singer also became a popular judge on American Idol in 2013.
When reflecting upon his second stint in rehab, Urban explained why he’d again sought out help for his addictions. “I was going to lose it all,” he told People in November 2007. “It was like, if I don’t choose this moment to do the right thing and do something that’s going to give me life, all of the things I’m scared of losing, I’m going to lose anyway.”
During his time as a judge on American Idol, Urban saw Lovato sing in 2015, a performance that prompted him to give her a standing ovation. Perhaps with that in mind, he offered the singer some words of wisdom after she was admitted to the hospital in 2018.
Urban was a guest on the Australian TV show Today when he was asked about Lovato’s situation. At that point, he explained what she needed to do on the road to recovery. “Just [have] good people around her and a willingness to want to live a different way, if that’s what she wants to do,” Urban said. “It’s all up to her.”
While recovering from the incident, Lovato offered an update to her millions of fans on Instagram, writing a lengthy post about recent events. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” she explained in August 2018. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.”
“It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” Lovato continued. The singer then gave thanks to all those who had supported her during such a tough period, with a special mention to her fans. “Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time,” she added.
Lovato didn’t stop there, though, as she also hailed the doctors and nurses who’d looked after her during her time in hospital. “I want to thank my family, my team and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time,” the singer continued. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you.”
On that note, Lovato then outlined the steps that she needed to take during her recovery. “I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” she wrote. And having previously remained sober for more than six years, there’s hope that the 26-year-old will be able to conquer her demons again in the future.
“The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten,” Lovato added. “And I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting.” Since writing that message, the singer’s post has earned over six million likes on Instagram, demonstrating that her fans are certainly still behind her.
Indeed, such social media support could prove vital for Lovato in the coming months, as she tries to overcome her addictions. While the road ahead might be difficult, the destination seems to be reachable. After his own struggles, Urban can definitely attest to that.