Demi Lovato is playing it safe in Los Angeles because she has opted to stay at a sober house during the entire run as a judge on the X Factor. The former Disney star is taking her sobriety very seriously after being treated for substance abuse issues in the past.
“It’s a daily thing; you don’t get time off from it. And if I feel like myself slipping back into old patterns, I have to ask others for help, which is hard for me to learn, because I really like doing everything on my own,” she told Cosmopolitan in May.
Lovato, 20, left rehab in 2011 and has been committed to staying sober ever since. The star owns a house in Los Angeles, but she felt that it would be in her best interest to live at the facility instead.
Lovato understands the battle of addiction and the stress that comes with it, which is probably the reason she is staying inside a safe environment.
On October 30, 2010, Lovato dropped out of her tour in order to enter a treatment facility to treat “physical and emotional issues” during a media storm of reports that her behavior was bad on the tour.
She had decided to enter treatment right after punching a Jonas Brothers back-up dancer, Alex Welch, on a flight out of Bogota, Colombia, allegedly because Lovato believed that Welch had informed tour managers of her inappropriate behavior from the previous night, causing her to be confronted by her managers and her stepfather, Eddie de la Garza.
As for the punch, Lovato reached a financial settlement with Welch in late December 2010, with Welch stating that the agreement stipulated for a portion of the settlement to be donated to charity.
During an interview with ABC’s 20/20, Lovato confirmed reports that her treatment was for bulimia and self-injury because she “was performing concerts on an empty stomach…I was losing my voice from purging. I was self-medicating. I was not taking medication for depression, and I literally was so emotionally whacked out that I took it out on someone [who] meant a lot to me.”