Former Disney star and singer Demi Lovato, who has struggled with drugs and alcohol and an eating disorder in the past, is saying that promoters would give her the tools to feed her addiction. She alleges that promoters for night clubs and restaurants would offer her free illegal substances to get her to come back into their businesses.
The 19-year-old singer said, “Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs. They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there. They were basically kissing my ass. I thought they were my friends. I thought I was having fun. Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no’. That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”
Lovato had been touring with the Jonas Brothers in late 2010 when she had an incident on a tour plane with a backup dancer that led to her be confronted by her managers and family about her issues.
Demi had become angry with dancer Alex Welch, when she learned he had told her stepfather and manager that she had partied the night before, and she punched Welch while traveling on the plane.
The day after the incident with Welch, Lovato dropped out of the tour and went back home to check into a rehab center, which at first was claimed to be for her eating disorder, but she later admitted she was also “self medicating,” to deal with her problems.
“I had 14 hours of therapy a day. I listened to music and learned to knit. When I finally left, it was like being let out of prison,” she says.
Since being in rehab for three months, Lovato admits it has been a struggle but is in a better place now. “I’m not saying I’m perfect, or fixed, but I am learning to love and accept myself,” she explains. “My outlook is more positive and I am happy.”