Demi Lovato Dealt With Mental Health, Body Shaming After Overdose

By Lindsey Weedston 07/29/19

It's been one year since Lovato's near-fatal overdose that made headlines. 

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One year after the overdose that sent singer Demi Lovato to the hospital, USA Today laid out her milestones over the past 12 months as she’s gotten her life back on track. After a stay in rehab, Lovato has been focusing on her mental health, signed with pop star agent Scooter Braun, took on body-shaming trolls, and worked on her upcoming album.

On July 24, 2018, Lovato was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on oxycodone laced with fentanyl. That was just over a month after releasing her single “Sober,” which revealed that she had recently relapsed after remaining sober for six years. She stayed in the hospital for two weeks before being transferred to inpatient rehab.

Getting Help In 2012

Lovato initially entered addiction treatment in 2012 after her substance use problems began to impact her career to the point that her management team threatened to quit. She had previously been in treatment programs for mental health issues including bulimia, depression and self-harm, and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Though Lovato has been fairly open about her mental health and addiction issues, she asked people not to pry and speculate about her issues in a Twitter post following her overdose.

"If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF,” she wrote on December 22, 2018. “All my fans need to know is I'm working hard on myself, I'm happy and clean and I'm SO grateful for their support."

Lovato signed with Scooter Braun, a music manager known for getting musicians through difficult periods of their lives, in May. He will likely have a more behind-the-scenes role than a direct influence, according to USA Today and senior director of music for Billboard magazine, Jason Lipshutz.

"Obviously Scooter has demonstrated an ability to manage difficult situations when it comes to pop artists, from Justin Bieber overcoming his controversy to Ariana Grande dealing with tragedy following Manchester (bombing) in 2017," said Lipshutz.

In March, Lovato came down on Inquisitr for an article focusing on her weight despite the fact that her struggles with an eating disorder have been public knowledge for some time. The singer posted a screenshot of the article headline about her “fuller figure” with the message “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT.”

According to an anonymous source who spoke to People, Lovato is now “very focused on staying healthy,” taking boxing classes and going on hikes with friends in her spare time. She was also reportedly looking happy and healthy at a birthday dinner for her friend and fellow singer Chloe Star Nakhjavanpour.

New Music

She also recently posted on Instagram about her excitement around her upcoming album and a chance to tell her own story honestly.

"You know what’s great about making an album?" she wrote. "You get to say anything you want, be as open and honest as possible and finally tell your side of the story regardless of who might not like it."

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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: