In the lyrics of her track “Sober,” which hit the charts back in June, Demi Lovato confessed that she had relapsed. Then, just a month after the song’s release, Lovato was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on medication. Now, her mom Dianna De La Garza has spoken out for the first time to reveal how the singer is doing.
Lovato was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 20, 1992. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and started acting as a child in 2002 with a role on Barney & Friends. After a handful of smaller parts, she got her big break when auditioning for two Disney Channel roles in 2007.
The auditions resulted in the now 26-year-old landing the lead in both the 2008 movie Camp Rock and the sitcom Sonny with a Chance. The latter ran from 2009 to 2011, during which time Lovato also made and released music. She then announced that she was leaving the television series and would be taking a break from acting.
Instead, Lovato decided to focus on her music career and found success with the songs “Skyscraper” and “Heart Attack.” More recent hits have included “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Cool For The Summer.” In addition, the star has appeared on Glee and served as a judge on The X Factor.
Along with her music and television appearances, Lovato is known for speaking out about her experiences with addiction and eating disorders. In November 2010, aged just 18, she pulled out of a planned tour with the Jonas Brothers to seek treatment for “physical and emotional issues.” This followed an alleged altercation with a female dancer.
Lovato then revealed that she had been struggling with bulimia and self-harm. Later it emerged that she had also been abusing alcohol and drugs. Diagnosed bipolar, the star spent time at a specialist facility in Illinois in a bid to beat her demons.
Lovato finished her treatment in 2011 – but it then transpired that she wasn’t the only one struggling. Her mother, Dianna De La Garza, was battling her own problems with Xanax addiction, depression and anorexia.
Following Lovato’s footsteps, De La Garza also sought help – with the aid of her daughters. “They did this intervention with me, they packed my bags for me, and they bought my ticket,” the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader revealed in her March 2018 book, Falling With Wings. “Those things combined really were what set our family on the path to becoming mentally healthy.”
2018 marked six years of clean living for Lovato. However, the sobriety wasn’t to last. In June the singer and actress released the song “Sober,” in which she confessed that she was no longer clean. The lyrics including the line, “I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.”
One month later, tragedy struck. On July 24, 2018, Lovato was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles following an overdose. And speaking on SiriusXM in October, De La Garza recalled the moment she heard the heartbreaking news.
“The one text message that clued me in on what was going on said, ‘I just saw on TMZ and I’m so sorry,’” De La Garza recalled on the podcast Conversations with Maria Menounos. “So I started getting all these text messages in, and my knees almost went weak. I could barely stand up.”
Petrified, De La Garza initially thought her daughter may have been in a fatal car accident. Then she got a call telling her that Lovato was in the hospital. She hurried to the medical facility where, thankfully, she saw that the singer was going to be alright.
“I did say to her, ‘I’m here and I love you.’ And she answered me back, ‘I love you too,’” the mom said. According to reports, Lovato had overdosed on an opioid mix of oxycodone and fentanyl. And De La Garza wasn’t even sure what that meant.
“I can honestly say I didn’t know what an opioid was at that time,” she explained. “We have all heard the word, but I didn’t know anything about it until I started researching and looking and studying.” Unsurprisingly, the immediate aftermath of Lovato’s overdose was tough for all concerned, with De La Garza describing it as “a rough two days.”
She added that she “can’t really say for sure” why Lovato relapsed. In the candid interview, De La Garza also broke her silence on her daughter’s current state following the overdose. Lovato reportedly entered a rehab facility after leaving hospital and at the time of the podcast had just hit a significant milestone.
De La Garza revealed that Lovato is again sober and recently celebrated 90 days without drink or drugs. “I couldn’t be more thankful or more proud of her,” she said. “Addiction being a disease, it’s work. It’s very hard, it’s not easy, and there are no shortcuts.”
Lovato’s mom admitted that she knew her daughter had fallen off the wagon because of the “heartbreaking” song she released. However, she had no idea just how bad things were. “I knew that she wasn’t sober,” De La Garza said. “I didn’t know what she was doing because she doesn’t live with me and she’s 26.”
The former Disney star visited a restuarant in Beverly Hills, California on November 3, 2018, suggesting that she has completed her stint in rehab. Lovato has largely stayed away from social media since her problems, save for an Instagram post in August. In it, she described her determination to tackle her addiction and thanked fans for their encouragement.
“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” Lovato wrote. “The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten, and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting.”
De La Garza puts Lovato’s recovery down to two things: the support the family received and the impressive medical care afforded her daughter. “I felt like because of a million prayers that went up in even the first couple of hours and especially the first couple of days, and the doctors at Cedars-Sinai, they were incredible,” she said on Conversations with Maria Menounos. “I think a combination of the two is why she’s still here today.”