Demi Lovato‘s journey to recovery continues.
Almost a month after revealing she had relapsed, the pop star, 25, was hospitalized following an overdose on July 24.
Lovato has battled addiction, mental illness and disordered eating for years. In 2010 she entered a Chicago-area rehab facility, where she was treated for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and addiction. She relapsed after she left the treatment center, then entered a sober living facility for a year.
This March, the former Disney star revealed she had celebrated six years of sobriety. But in April rumors of a relapse swirled, and on June 21, Lovato confirmed she had fallen off the wagon in “Sober,” a heartbreaking ballad about her recent relapse.
Below, a look at the days leading up to Lovato’s overdose, what happened on Tuesday — and what’s next.
The Initial Spiral
Per sources, Lovato has been struggling with her sobriety for months.
“You could tell when Demi was doing well with her sobriety because she wasn’t hanging out at clubs,” a source tells PEOPLE of Lovato’s recent activities. “She has still very much kept up her work schedule and daily life, but there have definitely been signs that she isn’t doing great with her sobriety.”
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Indeed, Lovato sparked questions regarding her sobriety (and romance rumors) when she was spotted leaving a club with pal G-Eazy early in the morning on July 15. Then, just two days before her hospitalization, the singer forgot the words to her relapse-inspired ballad “Sober” at a California concert, telling the audience: “F–k, I forgot the lyrics.”
A separate source close to the situation told PEOPLE: “Things have been a total mess for months. She and her team severed ties, and they played a large part in getting her sober years ago. She hasn’t been in a good place.”
A longtime friend told PEOPLE exclusively that Lovato had begun to buckle under the pressure to stay clean.
“Demi never wanted to be a role model. Her sobriety over the last six years was a fight every single day,” says the friend. “After she finally got clean, her team was very hard on her and treated her like she was a kid. It’s so hard to have all these eyes on you all the time.”
Over the last year, Lovato yearned for more freedom and “slowly started breaking away” from her tightly regulated life.
“She is so young and she also has a very rebellious personality,” says the source. “She wasn’t drinking or using at first, but she’s even said herself that she can’t be in a environment. She thought she could handle it, but it’s a very slippery slope.”
The Day of the OD
On July 24, PEOPLE confirmed Lovato was rushed to a hospital from her Hollywood Hills home around 11:30 a.m.
In audio of the 911 call obtained by TMZ, the caller, whom PEOPLE has identified as Lovato’s assistant, alerted the male dispatcher of …read more