LONDON: Pop star Demi Lovato was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after an apparent drug overdose but remained in stable condition, reports said.
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that emergency responders transported a 25-year-old woman from an address that matches Lovato’s to a hospital, but did not identify her by name or state her condition. Celebrity news site TMZ released audio of an emergency call in which responders appear to say that Lovato is unconscious and revived with Narcan, a nasal spray used to treat opioid overdoses.
People magazine quoted an anonymous source close to Lovato saying that the singer was in stable condition and that the overdose, while drug-related, was not from heroin, as initially reported by TMZ. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to requests for comment.
A former Disney child star, Lovato has been open about her struggles with addiction as well as depression and eating disorders. A 2012 documentary, “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong,” documents how she used to snort cocaine several times a day but found her way into rehab and back into a successful career.
But a month ago, she released a song entitled “Sober,” in which she appeared to indicate a relapse, opening with the line, “I got no excuses for all these goodbyes.”
She apologizes to her parents before singing in the chorus, “To the ones who never left me / We’ve been down this road before / I’m so sorry / I’m not sober anymore.” In a 2015 interview with fashion magazine Elle, Lovato said that she had felt suicidal thoughts from age seven, even while appearing as a cheery girl in “Barney and Friends” alongside Selena Gomez.