“Demi wasn’t doing well over the weekend,” a source tells People. “She came down with a fever and showed signs of an infection. She is currently being treated for issues that are very common after a drug overdose. She will need to stay in the hospital for a few more days, but is expected to make a full recovery.”
A second insider adds, “It’s too soon to say what the next steps are in terms of entering treatment. … Right now everyone is focused on getting Demi physically healthy.”
Lovato is expected to make a full recovery, which she is doing with a very select group of people by her side. “It’s only family and very close, trusted friends she’s surrounding herself with right now,” a source close to the singer tells Yahoo Entertainment. One of those “trusted” friends includes ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.
“He has visited her a lot,” confirms the insider. “He was absolutely devastated when he heard what happened. He wants to be there to support her however he can.”
Some people close to Lovato, though, have themselves been getting the opposite of support. Many of Lovato’s fans (dubbed Lovatics) have been on social media, bashing those they blame for her suspected OD.
Lovato’s backup dancer and close friend Dani Vitale has been the subject of many fans’ ire, as it was her birthday the “Sober” singer was out celebrating the Monday night before the incident. Vitale, who has been receiving death threats online, broke her silence Sunday, saying she was “not with Demi when the incident happened,” adding, “There is no need for any negativity towards the ones who care about Demi at this time.”
Another one of Lovato’s best friends, Dead Boys actor Matthew Scott Montgomery, also reacted over the weekend. “It’s been an incredibly difficult few days, and this year has easily been the hardest I’ve ever experienced,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories Sunday. “I couldn’t figure out what felt weirder — posting or not posting about this … I will miss hearing my best friend’s laugh, maybe my favorite sound in the world, in the audience for these final shows as she continues to recover.” He dedicated his final shows to Lovato, thanking his followers for their “love and support during this very hard time.”
The 25-year-old singer has not addressed the overdose report herself, but a rep for Lovato issued a statement Tuesday confirming the star was “awake,” noting that “some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”
Despite initial reports claiming Lovato overdosed on heroin, a source close to the singer denied she was using that drug.
Prior to Lovato’s most recent medical emergency, the singer had been on “a bad path” for months, one source told Yahoo. Another insider added that those close to Lovato became especially concerned about her health in “recent weeks,” saying, “Anyone who was around six, seven years ago remembers the signs well. Things were going in a bad direction again. … We are all hoping this is the wake-up call she needed.”
The “Tell Me You Love Me” singer’s family and friends are hoping she checks into rehab, but ultimately the decision will be hers. It’s unclear when Lovato will be released from the hospital.
[Editor’s note: This post was originally published July 30, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. ET.]
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