Demi Lovato In Mourning After Friend's Death: "Addiction Is No Joke"

By Lindsey Weedston 10/14/19

An overdose survivor herself, the singer also encouraged her fans to seek help if they or someone they know is struggling with a substance use disorder.

Demi Lovato at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards
I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction © Starstock |

Demi Lovato posted a tribute to her friend Thomas last Wednesday after he passed away following a long struggle with addiction. The “Sober” singer revealed on her Instagram Stories that she was “devastated” by her friend’s death, sharing a black-and-white photo of the young man.

“Please hold your loved ones tight. Tell them they are special and that you love them,” she wrote. “Make sure they know it. RIP to my boo @sirtruss.”

An overdose survivor herself, the singer also encouraged her fans to seek help if they or someone they know is struggling with a substance use disorder.

“Addiction is NO joke,” she said. “Heaven gained this beautiful angel last night because of that terrible disease. I’m crushed and will always miss you @sirtruss. If you or someone you know is struggling please know it’s okay to ask for help.”

Sharing Her Own Addiction Struggles

Lovato suffered a near-fatal overdose in July 2018 after years of struggling with addiction, bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. She spoke out on these issues and her overdose on social media in the following month, thanking her fans for standing by her while she fought to regain her health.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” Lovato wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”

Living With Bulimia & Bipolar Disorder

Around the one-year anniversary of her overdose, sources close to Lovato reported to People that she was doing well, focusing on her health and spending time with friends. This was just months after she blasted reporters for commenting on her “fuller figure” in spite of the fact that she had been previously open about her struggles with disordered eating.

“I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT,” she wrote alongside a screenshot of the article.

In August, it was revealed that Lovato will be returning to acting as part of the cast of Eurovision, a Netflix original movie and comedy centered around the European song competition. She will also have a guest role on the final season of Will & Grace. At the same time, she dropped hints that she’s working on her music and a new album is on the way.

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at Twitter: