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‘Demi is awake’: Pop star in stable condition after apparent overdose scare

On the eve of a hotly anticipated string of tour dates, pop music superstar Demi Lovato has reportedly been hospitalized for an apparent overdose after being revived at her home with the opioid treatment drug Narcan. 

According to multiple reports, law enforcement officials say the 25-year-old onetime Disney pop princess was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after she suffered from what appeared to be an overdose.

TMZ initially reported that Lovato was taken to the hospital for what appeared to be an OD of heroin. However, the outlet is now reporting that wasn’t the case. A source also confirmed to Fox News that “it’s not heroin.”

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In a statement to Fox News, Lovato’s rep said: “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support. 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.”

A separate source close to Lovato told Fox News that “Demi is recovering and is in stable condition.”

Per TMZ, Lovato was transported on Tuesday just before 12 p.m. after being treated at her Hollywood Hills home with Narcan, an emergency medication that is often used to revive people in instances of narcotic overdoses. 

According to TMZ, the overdose occurred at Lovato’s Hollywood Hills home, pictured here, and when paramedics arrived she was unconscious.  (Ernie Carswell Partners)

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According to TMZ, an overdose occurred at Lovato’s home, and when paramedics arrived she was unconscious. 

“Six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car”

– Demi Lovato to fans in March, 2018

An LAPD spokesperson told Fox News that both the Los Angeles Police and Fire Department responded to a “medical emergency call” on the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood at 11:40 a.m. 

An LAFD official told Fox News that “medical responders transported a 25-year-old female patient to a local hospital” from the same address, but that “no condition of the patient has been made available.”

Lovato was preparing for a monthslong tour that was supposed to start Thursday night in Atlantic City, N.J., and take her to venues as far flung as Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Earlier in the day, she tweeted about a promotion for her appearance on the pre-taped Fox show “Beat Shazam” Tuesday night. 

Following the news, FOX announced that the episode featuring Lovato would be replaced. “Tonight’s previously scheduled episode of ‘Beat Shazam’ featured a guest appearance by Demi Lovato,” the statement read.

“In light of recent reports, we have decided to replace the episode of ‘Beat Shazam’ with another all-new episode. Our thoughts go out to Demi and her family.” 

Last month, Lovato, who has grappled with substance abuse in the past, revealed in a new emotional single that she had relapsed months after celebrating six years of sobriety.

Last month, Lovato revealed in a new emotional single that she had relapsed months after celebrating six years of sobriety.  (Reuters)

In her new song “Sober,” Lovato sings she’s not sober anymore and apologizes to the “ones who never left” her side and the fans following her journey.

“Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor,” Lovato sings in the chorus. “To the ones who never left me/We’ve been down this road before/I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.”

The singer went on to apologize to her “future love.”

“For the man that left my bed/For making love the way I saved for you inside my head,” the lyrics read. “And I’m sorry for the fans I lost/Who watched me fall again/I wanna be a role model/But I’m only human.”

In the song, Lovato promises to get help and says it wasn’t her intention to relapse.

Following the news, FOX announced that a pre-taped ‘Beat Shazam’ episode featuring Lovato, which was scheduled to run Tuesday night, would be replaced.  (Reuters)

Lovato has previously opened up about her struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

She marked six years sober on March 15, celebrating the milestone on Instagram with a “Self Love” T-shirt and a thank you to fans. The next night, she went on stage for her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour and gave a heartfelt speech, Billboard reported.

“Six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car,” she told the audience. “And I just remember thinking, ‘This is no longer cute. This is no longer fun. And I’m just like my dad.’ So I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something has to change, I’ve got to get sober’ — so I did.”

The 25-year-old also talked about her road to sobriety in a YouTube documentary, “Simply Complicated.”

“I wasn’t ready to get sober,” she recalled. “I was sneaking [cocaine] on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew.”

Lovato, who first started acting at the age of 7 on “Barney & Friends,” rose to fame after appearing in Disney Channel’s 2008  “Camp Rock,” where she starred as Mitchie Torres. 

“I wouldn’t start out that young if I could do it over again,” Lovato told Variety in June 2017. “I don’t regret anything. It was difficult to transition from a child star to transforming into a mainstream artist. It’s something that is very challenging.”

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report. 

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