While Demi Lovato's overdose on Tuesday may have come as a surprise to many friends and fans, news has now surfaced that in the weeks leading up to the incident, there were many signs that the singer was once again heading down a bad path.
Of course, there was her initial relapse, which she admitted to back in June with the release of her song, "Sober." Early this month it seemed like she cut ties with her sober companion Mike Bayer with a shady tweet, saying, "Good luck on your blog." The tweet came after Bayer posted a vlog on Instagram that was just as shady, complaining about celebrities he has worked with. Though he didn't name names, it seemed like Demi assumed this was directed at her.
The fallout may have come because of Demi's insistence that she could be more social, and even drink in moderation, according to E!. In recent months the singer had been spotted out more, and even seen drinking.
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Evidence of this came up on Instagram when Demi was pictured at Hayley Kiyoko's album release party, holding a glass of yellow liquid. When asked by fans, she responded, "I don't have to defend anything but it was red bull."
On July 19, Demi messed up some words to her songs at a concert. Three days later, she stumbled again, this time, ironically while singing "Sober." "F***," she said to the audience. "I forgot the words." At the time, most people thought nothing of the mess up, but in hindsight, it seems like an obvious sign. While friends were apparently urging her to get help, she continued to insist she could handle herself.
That brings us to Monday night, when Demi was celebrating her friend and choreographer, Dani Vitale's, birthday. An onlooker told E! that Demi was seen taking shots while out. Many fans of Demi have been attacking Dani's Instagram, commenting that Dani pushed Demi to drink.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 24-hour treatment referral hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit Findtreatment.samhsa.gov for free and confidential help. In the case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
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Carolyn Twersky is an associate editor for Seventeen covering celebrities, entertainment, politics, trends, and health. On her off time, she's probably watching Ru Paul's Drag Race, traversing NYC for the best donuts, or, most likely, enjoying time in her favorite place in the world: her bed.