Leaving unclear whether she was serious or caught in a moment of exasperation, pop star and actor Demi Lovato on Tuesday stated in now-vanished social-media posts that her current concert tour will be her last.
"I'm so ... sick I can't get out of bed," Lovato, 30, who uses both she/her and they/them pronouns, had posted in graphical text on her Instagram Stories, where messages cycle out after 24 hours. "I can't do this anymore," the singer wrote in the second of three posts, which were saved by multiple websites, followed by, "This next tour will be my last. I love and thank you guys." It was uncertain whether Lovato had removed them prior to the normal rotation purge.
Later Tuesday, the multiplatinum Grammy Award nominee and mental health advocate posted again from Santiago, Chile, the last stop of the tour's South American leg before it resumes in the United States on Sept. 22. "Gonna power thru it for you guys," Lovato wrote in graphical text, adding, "I'll need help singing so sing loud for me bb's!!," using the internet abbreviation for the endearment "babies."
Following the show, Lovato — who has a history of physical and mental health issues and is a recovering substance abuser — thanked the audience, writing: "You guys reeeeally pulled thru tonight. thank you sooo ... much — I love you more than you know."
Lovato's representatives did not respond to a Newsday request for comment. There was no indication from concert promoter Live Nation that the singer's Oct. 18 and 19 shows at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre were in jeopardy.
Lovato through the years has been candid about treatments for an eating disorder, cocaine addiction and bipolar disorder. In last year's four-part YouTube Originals documentary "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil," the star recalled having "lost my virginity in a rape" at age 15 to someone working with her on the Disney Channel movie "Camp Rock" (2008), and that from the trauma and the lack of help from adults, "I stopped eating and coped in other ways: cutting, throwing up, whatever."
Lovato also spoke in the documentary of being sexually assaulted by her drug dealer the morning of her widely reported July 2018 overdose from what Lovato says was oxycodone with fentanyl.