Singer-actress Demi Lovato, who earlier had been rushed to a Los Angeles hospital with what law-enforcement sources believe was a heroin overdose, was reported to be awake and with her family Tuesday evening.
A statement her representative released thanks the singer’s fans for their support and calls for them to respect the 25-year-old’s privacy. It said Lovato’s “health and recovery” is the most important thing at the moment.
TMZ.com had originally reported that the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a medical emergency in Laurel Drive in the Hollywood Hills. The website also said Lovato was treated for a heroin overdose and was administered Narcan — an antidote commonly given to counter the effects of opioids. The website said she was transported from her home shortly before noon time on the West Coast.
People, citing sources close to the star, said Tuesday that Lovato, 25, was “stable” after her hospitalization but did not specify the ailment for which she was treated.
TMZ later cited law enforcement sources who said that Lovato “refused to tell paramedics what drug caused her to overdose,” adding that no drugs were seized at the actress’ Hollywood Hills home. The sources said that there would be no criminal investigation because the police found no drugs and couldn’t determine whether Lovato was in possession of an illegal substance.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said paramedics received a call about a woman in need of medical attention at 11:22 a.m., according to the AP. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital, but Stewart said she could not confirm the woman’s condition or provide any additional details.
L.A. Police Officer Carlos Zaragoza confirmed that cops were dispatched, but said he could not release the woman’s identity or condition.
LiveNation confirmed to the Press of Atlantic City that Lovato’s scheduled show Thursday at the New Jersey seaside resort had been canceled.
Last month, Lovato — who has been upfront about past treatments for an eating disorder, cocaine addiction, bipolar disorder and self-mutilation — appeared to confess in a new song that she had relapsed after six years of sobriety. “My truth . . . ,” she posted on social media along with an excerpt of the music video for the single, “Sober.”
“Momma I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore,” Lovato sings. “And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor / To the ones who never left / We’ve been down this road before. . . . ”
Lovato had tweeted in mid-March, “Just officially turned 6 years sober. So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible.” She celebrated publicly at a concert in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center the next day with DJ Khaled.
Within a month, two versions of a photo of Lovato posing with singer-actress Hayley Kiyoko, actor Matthew Scott Montgomery and rapper Sirah surfaced on Instagram — one showing Lovato holding a clear cup of yellow liquid, another with the cup blacked out. Some fans at the time questioned Lovato’s sobriety.
In a screengrab captured by Buzzfeed.com April 11, Lovato purportedly commented on a page with the unretouched version, writing, “I don’t have to defend anything but it was red bull,” the energy drink.
In her YouTube documentary released last year called “Demi Lovato, Simply Complicated,” she openly discusses her cocaine use and battles with alcohol.
Also yesterday, Fox said it would pull its episode of “Beat Shazam” featuring Lovato, which was to air Tuesday night, because of the recent news.
Lovato was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City on Thursday, but Variety and LiveNation confirmed that the show had been canceled.
Celebrities took to social media to post supportive words, including Missy Elliott, Ariana Grande, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Kehlani and British electronic group Clean Bandit, whose current single “Solo” features Lovato.
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that “it breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.”
The singer-actress, who entered rehab in 2010, struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues. She has spoken out about her battles with drugs and alcohol over the years, and she’s become a role model for young women and men who have faced their own issues.
Lovato, who was a child actress on the TV series “Barney & Friends,” broke on the scene as a teen on the Disney Channel film “Camp Rock” and the network series “Sonny with a Chance.” She went on to become a multi-platinum pop star, launching Top 10 hits like “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Skyscraper,” “Heart Attack.” Her 2015 album, “Confident,” earned her a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album.
With the AP