It’s been quite a few years for Demi Lovato — she was nominated for a Grammy, she got candid about her struggles with addiction and revealed she was sexually fluid — but unfortunately, the brunette beauty was found unconscious at her Hollywood home in July 2018 after suffering an accidental drug overdose. Luckily, Demi is getting back on track these days, and it seems like she is doing better than ever! Scroll through the gallery below to see her amazing transformation.
In 1999, the 26-year-old first joined the cast of Barney and Friends with Selena Gomez. “I was more comfortable around adults there than I was with kids my own age when I went to public school,” she recalled to Rolling Stone in 2017. “I got made fun of a lot because I had been on Barney. I look back, and I think it was mainly jealously from kids that wanted to sing and act on TV. I actually learned so much in my time being home-schooled that I was able to teach my math class things.”
The Disney actress appeared in her first Disney Channel Original Movie called Camp Rock in June 2008 along with the Jonas Brothers. Demi dated Joe Jonas around the same time, and she even recalled the moment she fell in love with him. “Did you have a crush on him this whole time?” her friend Matthew Scott asked her in a YouTube video about the DNCE frontman. “Oh, yeah,” she replied. “Oh my God! Wait, this moment I freakin’ fell in love with him. In real life,” she pointed to the exact scene where it happened.
In 2009, Demi starred in another Disney Channel Original Movie called Princess Protection Program with her BFF Selena. But Demi revealed it wasn’t easy to yell at Selena, 27, on-camera. “It was really hard because we’ve never really gotten into arguments before,” she said in a 2010 interview. “We never antagonize each other like that. But it was fun at the same time.”
The “Skyscraper” crooner and Joe split up in May 2010 after a few months of dating. “It was my choice to break up, but I love her as a friend,” the handsome hunk told Us Weekly in a statement at the time.
Joe got candid about his relationship with Demi in a New York Magazine essay. “I really got to know her and got to see the ins and outs of what she was struggling with, like drug abuse,” he wrote in 2013. “I felt like I needed to take care of her, but at the same time I was living a lie because I wasn’t happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her because she needed help.”
Even though the Grammy nominee and Joe didn’t end up dating for that long, she admitted she has nothing but love for all the JoBros. “Those guys will always be close to my heart,” she told Us Weekly in 2015. “So, being able to work with them — I’m always open to it.”
Demi dropped out of the Jonas Brothers tour and entered a rehab facility in November 2010. “I couldn’t go on 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine, and I would bring it on airplanes,” she told Access Hollywood in 2013. “I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep, and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom, and I’d do it.”
After a three-month rehab stint, the songstress spoke about her struggles with Robin Roberts on 20/20 in April 2011. “The period of my life that I went through was really dark,” she said. “I became really depressed, and the only way of coping with it was through my eating disorder. I’ve suffered from cross addictions over the past years.”
Demi is very close with her younger half-sister, Madison De La Garza, and Demi credited her little sis for helping her get through that tough period of time. “I had to think of her all the time even when it was really, really rough,” she confessed. “I just kept thinking, ‘Set this example for your little sister.’ There were days when I didn’t want to get out of bed but looking at a picture of my little sister on my bulletin board was one of the main things that kept me going.”
In July 2011, Demi released her emotional music video her single “Skyscraper,” and she admitted it was a really important song for her to put out in the world. “For me, it was … so symbolic, it being the song I recorded before treatment and yet it was providing a message,” she told E! News at the time. “It’s so crazy the way things played out, that it ended up being my symbol, and it represented what I’m trying to spread the word about: getting help and rising above any issues that [I and] my fans are dealing with.”
In May 2012, Demi joined The X Factor with Simon Cowell and Britney Spears. “He’s the same! He doesn’t change,” Demi told Us Weekly about getting into tiffs with Simon. “Maybe he’s gotten a little nicer this year because I’ve been around, but he’s pretty much the same.” Demi stayed on the show for two seasons before she decided to focus on her music career.
The songwriter also appeared on Glee as Santana’s (Naya Rivera) love interest. “I really didn’t think I’d be acting again so soon, but I’m really glad this came along,” she told Fox in 2013. “I met Naya on the first day of shooting. So, I had never met her before, and then I had to kiss her.”
In 2014, Demi embarked on her first major tour called the Neon Lights tour. “Not only does it draw up different emotions because there are songs about heartbreak and there are songs of just wanting to hook up,” she explained about her songs at the time. “And you never want the person you wrote about to hear that song and feel bad. I never want that to happen. But at the same time, it’s coming from a personal experience, and if it turns out to be a great song, and you’re like, ‘Well, sorry.’”
Demi revealed she had been dating Wilmer Valderrama for quite some time, but the former flames kept their relationship very private. “We don’t share everything with the world, but we do feel comfortable to share a lot,” she told Us Weekly in 2015.
Demi released the sexy tune called “Cool for the Summer” in July 2015, and the video showed her kissing a girl. “Your fans want to grow with you,” she said. “It’s about growing together with your fans. Ultimately, when you make music, it reflects your life, and I’m a lot older now, so of course it’s not going to be about the same thing I was singing about when I was 16 or 17.”
Unfortunately, the That 70s Show alum and Demi decided to go their separate ways in June 2016 after six years together. “This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends,” they wrote on Instagram. “We will always be supportive of one another. Thank you to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the years. With only love, Wilmer & Demi.”
Demi opened up about her life in her 2017 documentary called Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated and spoke about bad her drug addiction was. “I was not easy to work with,” she said. “I was using while I had a sober companion, and I went through about 20 different sober companions. I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t feel guilty. I didn’t feel embarrassed. I would sneak out, get drugs. I would fake my drug tests with other people’s pee, and I’d lie straight to their faces. It’s embarrassing to look back at the person that I was.”
“I haven’t relapsed in drugs and alcohol,” she said. “That’s something that I’m very proud of. I’m coming up on five and half years of sobriety and that’s something that’s been difficult at times, but one thing that I haven’t fully conquered is my eating disorder.”
In June 2018, Demi revealed she relapsed in her song “Sober.” One month later, she was hospitalized after suffering an accidental drug overdose. Fortunately, Demi was OK and stayed in the hospital for nearly two weeks before she checked herself into rehab.
Since then, Demi has been focusing on herself. “Today, I would’ve had 7 years sober,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories in March. “I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes, but I must never forget that’s what they were: mistakes. Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn’t lose 6 years. I’ll always have that experience, but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”