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Demi Lovato quietly returns from rehab stint and vows to ‘put themselves first’

Josh Milton January 9, 2022
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Demi Lovato performs during Global Citizen Live in a black outfit in front of a blue background

Demi Lovato performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on 25 September 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Rich Fury/Getty for Global Citizen)

Demi Lovato has returned from another stint in rehabilitation and has vowed to “put themselves first” following their 2018 drug overdose.

Lovato, the Grammy-nominated non-binary singer known for their resilience and openness, reportedly entered a treatment facility towards the end of 2021 and has since returned home.

In 2018, Lovato woke up legally blind in an intensive care unit following a drug overdose that nearly killed them. They suffered three strokes, organ failure and a heart attack.

Four years later, and people close to the 29-year-old claimed that the singer sought additional treatment amid a journey to staying “sober sober”.

Sources told People magazine: “Demi is committed to their well-being, and throughout their life, they plan to do regular check-ins to make sure they are putting themselves first.”

Since quietly coming back home, Lovato has been “doing well” and is in a “great place”, an insider told Page Six and E! News.

“They are looking forward to getting back to work, being with close friends and loved ones and want to focus on the positive,” they added.

Demi Lovato says they are no longer ‘California sober’

The former child star, who found their fame in Disney’s Camp Rock film series, first checked in to a rehabilitation program in late 2010 before living in a sober-living facility two years later.

They entered another in-patient program after the 2018 overdose.

Demi Lovato has long used their music as a way to bring to light their struggles with substances abuse, a battle they have fought since their teens.

Demi Lovato performs onstage during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival. (MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Their track, “Sober“, released just a month before their overdose, detailed a recent relapse after six years of sobriety: “I’m sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again/I want to be a role model, but I’m only human.”

In the years following the overdose, Lovato said they had been living “California sober” – drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in moderation – stressing that when it comes to recovery, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

But they said last month that they’ve since ditched the lifestyle.

“I no longer support my ‘California sober’ ways,” the recording artist wrote in a December Instagram Story.

“Sober sober is the only way to be.”

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