Staying strong. Demi Lovato has been open about her struggle with drugs and alcohol since her first stint in rehab in 2010.
Lovato sought treatment at the age of 18 after she got into a fight with one of her backup dancers when she was on tour with the Jonas Brothers. To help maintain her sobriety and cope with her struggles with an eating disorder and bipolar disorder, she entered a sober house in 2013. After six years of sobriety, the former child star revealed that she had relapsed in a 2018 power ballad titled “Sober.”
One month after releasing the track, Lovato was rushed to the hospital following a near-fatal drug overdose at her California home. She remained hospitalized for nearly two weeks and subsequently spent three months in rehab.
As she continued her challenging recovery, a source told Us Weekly exclusively that the Disney Channel alum’s daily routine wasn’t always easy. “Every day is a constant struggle for Demi,” the insider said in July 2019, one year after the life-changing incident. “[But] she’s remained determined to lead a life of sobriety and live her life to its fullest potential, especially following the first anniversary of her relapse.”
At the time, Lovato was “surrounding herself with supportive people,” including ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, who had been a rock for her throughout her sobriety journey. The pair dated on and off for six years before calling it quits in 2016.
Over the years, the “Skyscraper” singer hasn’t shied away from discussing her most difficult moments in the public eye. In February 2021, she released a trailer for her moving YouTube Originals docuseries, Dancing With the Devil, and got real about the dark details of her 2018 overdose.
“I had three strokes. I had a heart attack,” she revealed. “My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes.”
While reflecting on the painful memories and her continued struggles, Lovato maintained an optimistic outlook. “I’ve had a lot of lives, like my cat. You know, I’m on my ninth life,” she said in the teaser for the March 2021 web series. “I’m ready to get back to doing what I love, which is making music.”
Scroll through to revisit the star’s most honest quotes about her ups and downs over the years.