Demi Lovato Slams Drug Use After Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

By McCarton Ackerman 02/05/14

Having recently opened up about her own struggles with addiction, Lovato took the opportunity to chastise Hollywood's portrayal of drugs and alcohol.

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Demi Lovato is speaking out about the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The singer took to Twitter and said that his overdose death is a clear indication that addiction is a “serious and deadly disease,” while also slamming Hollywood’s portrayal of drug use. Having now been clean and sober for three years, Lovato said she is lucky to have not experienced a similar fate as Hoffman.

“It’s very rare when people can actually predict their addiction and even then, you never known when too much is going to take their life or take a bad batch of whatever it is they’re using,” she said. “It’s time people start really taking action about what they’re singing/rapping about...drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film or to portray as harmless or recreational fun. It’s not cute, ‘cool’ or admirable.”

Lovato has been more than candid about her former drug use in recent months. Last December, she admitted to having sneaked in drugs on airplanes and that she “couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine.” She also admitted to filling Sprite bottles with vodka in the morning and throwing up on the way back to her sober living residence in Los Angeles, which she described as a rock bottom moment. "I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh my God…that is alcoholic behavior,'” Lovato said. “[I]t was, wow, I'm one of those people…I gotta get my shit together.”

Last November, she released a book that alludes to her struggles called Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, and has plans to release a full memoir later this year.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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