Demi Lovato is one of Disney’s biggest success stories. She kicked off her career by acting and singing along with the Jonas Brothers. Afterwards she focused on her music career, releasing tons of Billboard hits. Lovato is also a spokesperson for LGBTQ rights, bullying, eating disorders, and her own personal experiences with addiction.
This week, Lovato has been trending in the news due to her breakup with actor Max Ehrich. The couple got engaged just five months after meeting in quarantine.
Lovato may not be the best at embracing red flags, but what about the green?
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Lovato has struggled with addiction from a young age, making her relationship with drugs a very complicated one. In 2015, Joe Jonas said in an interview that the first time he smoked weed, he was peer pressured by Lovato and Miley Cyrus. During 420 of the same year, Lovato uploaded a photo to Instagram of the three of them with the caption: “In honor of our former escapades, I thought you’d like this to remember our first blaze…Happy #420.”
Some years later, when Cyrus decided to quit marijuana and alcohol, Lovato made a statement in her support, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I am really proud of Miley. I think that it helps people to know that there are people in the spotlight that have challenges, that are faced with very stressful lives. I think it helps to know that recovery is possible and it’s something that is so important to certain people like myself.”
While she commends those who choose to steer clear of drugs, she supports people doing whatever it is they want to do. When singer Lauren Jauregui uploaded a photo of herself with a joint, her fans were outraged, with many commenting on her behavior. Lovato was quick to show her support via Instagram. “Y’all stop telling her what to do and what not to do. Girl live your life.”
Sobriety means different things to different people. While some choose to avoid substances altogether, others are able to consume marijuana and steer clear of other substances that are more harmful and that could encourage a relapse. In the case of Lovato, there’s no way of knowing unless she explains it herself.