Demi Lovato is always in the news for one reason or another. She recently switched her pronouns back to she/her, so she’s always making headlines. Demi has now said that her team ‘barricaded’ her in the room, preventing her from leaving to eat.
Demi shared that she suffered from an eating disorder that became so serious that her team “barricaded” her in a hotel room using furniture. The singer-songwriter has been quite candid about her problems with mental health and addiction. She revealed this on a recent episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast.
Lovato, a former Disney star, said that her management’s control over her and her health contributed to that publicized drug overdose in 2018. Before starting her story, Lovato stated that her problems were worsened by one individual who joined her team.
Everything in Lovato’s life was regulated, including eating. She describes it as “very dangerous.” Lovato went on to say that “it actually exacerbated my eating disorder to the point where I became bulimic again. From 2016 to 2018 I was dealing with that,” Lovato said on the podcast.
“I’ve never talked about this before but there was one time when I had binged and purged one night. I came clean to my team and said, ‘hey this happened.'”
She also described how she snuck out of her hotel room since she wasn’t allowed to use a phone, which would allow her to contact room service. Lovato told podcast host Alex Cooper that things took a turn in 2017. She did not return to treatment and ended up overdosing within a year.
“I didn’t have food in my hotel room, like snacks in the mini bar, because they didn’t want me to eat the snacks. Ellen talked about this on her show. They cleared the dressing room of all sugar before I’d get in there.”
“After I told them what had happened, my security guard walked by my room, and was made aware that they had built, they’d like barricaded me into my hotel room. They’d put furniture outside of my door so that I couldn’t get out, and sneak out and eat if I wanted to. So it was that level of controlling when it came to my food, which just made my eating disorder worse.”
“One time I said ‘I’m throwing up blood, I need to go to treatment, I need to get help.’ [A member of her team] looked at me and said, ‘You’re not sick enough.’ And I think that was his way of saying ‘No you’re not going back to treatment because that’ll look bad on me.'”
“I felt trapped. I felt like I couldn’t get out of this situation. And my way of blowing everything up was relapsing on drugs and alcohol.”
Demi Lovato was taken to the hospital on July 24th, 2018, for an apparent opioid overdose. In the YouTube documentary series Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, she also spoke out about her experiences and the circumstances that led to her overdose. Lovato’s latest album, Holy Fvck, is out now. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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