Celebrity Roundup: April 27, 2012

By Sam Lansky 04/27/12

LiLo's sobriety might signal end of an era, Demi Lovato says being a celebrity got her wasted, and Bobby Brown gets sweet plea deal in DUI case.

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After a decade of hard-living starlets like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton grabbing headlines for their substance abuse and bad behavior, is that era of excess finally coming to a close? That’s what The Atlantic Wire’s Richard Lawson thinks, explaining that “even [Lindsay Lohan,] the queen bee of celebrity wastoids — specifically young party girl ingenues — doesn't get the press she used to.” We’ll be convinced when more than a few weeks pass without an arrest or scandal.

She’s always been cagey about the particulars of her drug use, but fallen teen queen Demi Lovato got a little more honest about her cocaine use in an interview with Fabulous magazine, saying that she used drugs to “recreate the feeling to stay ‘up’” after the euphoric rush of a big concert. More than that, though, she cites the promoters who supplied her with alcohol at nightclubs and restaurants. “Being a celebrity can be dangerous,” she says. “Nobody says ‘no.’”

After being picked up for DUI in Los Angeles in late March, Bobby Brown has lucked out with a pretty sweet plea deal for the arrest that landed him three years’ probation and a one-day jail sentence. But at sentencing today, the judge ruled that Brown simply needs to enroll in a 90-day alcohol education program and pay a $390 ticket; and he also gets credit for time served toward his 1-day sentence from the time he spent in holding. Not bad!

An entertainment writer named Chris Gardner may have trouble keeping some of his A-list pals if his story continues to blow up — given that it’s a story that involves outing several big stars for their drug use. A writer who has worked for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Gardner fell in with the people who he was writing about, and admits he frequently used drugs with them — including Lindsay Lohan and Naomi Campbell. Neither of which, honestly, come as much of a surprise.

Dancing With the Stars breakout Melissa Gilbert has been transparent about her sobriety for many years, but her recent spot on DWTS might be too vivid of a reminder; Gilbert says that her time on the show has been like getting sober. “My emotions are raw and unpredictable. The closest thing I can compare this to emotionally is getting sober,” she said. “I remember those first days, the rush of feelings I was experiencing with no way to shut them off or numb them.”

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Sam Lansky is the West Coast Editor at TIME. He has written for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Grantland, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, OutBillboard and more. He is also the author of The Gilded Razor. You can find Sam on Linkedin and Twitter.