In a July 29th Instagram post, Demi Lovato’s friend and backup dancer, Dani Vitale, defended herself and others against those who are holding Lovato’s loved ones responsible for her July 24th overdose. Those closest to the singer have been the target of a number of accusations from fans who believe Lovato’s close relationships led her to relapse.
“I care about Demi just like all of you do,” Vitale wrote in the post. “I have not said anything about this situation until now because her recovery has been of the most importance. I was not with Demi when the incident happened, but I am with her now, and will continue to be because she means the world to me just as she does to all of you.”
Vitale continued, “There is no need for any negativity towards the ones who care about Demi at this time. There is too much of it in this world as it is. I know you’re all feeling lost without her at this moment in time. Remember that you have always been a community of Lovatics who LOVE. Please remember that when you take out your phones and start typing. Remember that we all love her more than we can ever put into words. Please continue to send her love during her recovery.”
Lovato’s fans took to social media shortly after reports of her hospitalization and most shared their love and support. However, some theorized that those closest to the singer enabled her to slip back into drug and alcohol abuse.
There’s no way for the public to know what happened the day of Lovato’s reported overdose, and it’s not fair to theorize about what may have gone down or point fingers at anyone. As of right now, Lovato’s health and recovery are the most important thing, and we’re sending her our unending support.
If you or a loved one is suffering with substance abuse and addiction, please don’t hesitate to call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).