Demi Lovato: ‘I couldn’t go 30 min without cocaine’ & ‘smuggled’ it onto planes

Demi Lovato

These are photos of Demi Lovato at the Nylon party a few days ago to celebrate her January cover. The Nylon interview isn’t really worth talking about, but what is notable about these photos is how Joe Jonas showed up to support his former girlfriend. I guess Demi forgave Joe after he blamed Demi and Miley Cyrus for “making” him smoke pot. I do hope he apologized for his douchey behavior.

Demi’s been making the rounds to promote her new book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, which is a list of affirmations dedicated to recovery. Demi’s talked at length for the past few years about her struggles with codependence and eating disorders. She’s been previously revealed as a cocaine user but later revealed that club promoters gave her drugs and alcohol. I still think Demi is a total mess, and it’s great that she’s talking about her struggles. At the same time, it would be nice if she had a secondary topic of discussion. Here we go again times 10:

She’s getting cold feet: “I’ve really never talked about this stuff before… I don’t know if I should be sharing this.”

Hitting rock bottom at age 19: “[W]ith my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. 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. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well.”

Not just drugging but drinking too: “I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just nine in the morning and I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to LA to the sober living house that I was staying at. I had all the help in the world, but I didn’t want it.”

ED started even earlier: “It was always there, but then I just acted on it at around 8 or 9 years old. I started overeating, compulsively overeating. I would bake cookies and then eat the whole pan. I went from doing that to being unhappy with my body. I went to just completely starving myself and that turned into throwing up and starving myself and it was just this crazy battle going on inside of me. It got really difficult [and] I would throw up and it would just be blood and it was something that I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die.”

Demi’s mom blames herself: “I had issues I needed to work on as well because I wasn’t setting a good example for her I had a terrible eating disorder that I had for many, many years and I didn’t realize it and I had to face up to the fact that I was suffering as well. And a lot of what [Demi] went through with an eating disorder had to do with what she had seen growing up.”

[From Fox News

Demi's said a lot here, but of course I am fixating on her admission of smuggling drugs onto an airplane. Exactly where did she hide these drugs? I believe I know, and I think that the ick factor (see what I did there?) is the precise reason I would never, ever do illegal drugs. You just never know where drugs have been. People stick them into every freaking orifice, and I just can't deal with that knowledge. Even if I tried drugs, I'd never be able to enjoy them while wondering if they had previously travelled in some stranger's hoo-ha. (Welcome to the Bedhead show.) Yuck.

I realize how Demi's promoting a book about her drug use and recovery, but damn. Girl needs to get a few new talking points.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

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  1. Frida_K says:

    Jonas has an interesting mustache and she definitely could use some new talking points.

    Bless their hearts.

  2. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Joe Jonas did not blame anybody for rocking the Mary Jane, he just said that they egged him on to try it and he was like, “Okay.” That’s a long ways away from actively blaming somebody for holding you down and putting the joint in your mouth. How long have they been doing the full body scanners at the airport? Because there really ain’t no place you could shove anything to get it through one of those.

  3. Patricia says:

    Is this her career, though? I thought she was a singer. It seems she would rather have a career that centers around her ED and addiction issues. I understand it’s important to talk about these things but at this point does anybody even remember that she’s a singer? It’s getting a little old.

  4. pao la says:

    How exactly you smuggle cocaine onto a plane? Up your v-jay? Anyway is TMI for me at the moment.

  5. NerdMomma says:

    I love her blue hair, and the fact that her mom is willing to take some responsibility and stand by her.

  6. Lisa777 says:

    I think what Demi is doing is wonderful. She is going a long way helping younger people learn about addiction. Maybe new talking points would be interesting, but the ones she has need to get out there. The thing with addiction is one day something someone says means nothing but the next day it could be the same exact thing but propel you to get help. You hear what you need to hear when you are ready to hear it. Kudos to her.

  7. Franny Days says:

    I do think she has discussed this a lot, but I also admire how open she is about it. Maybe this will encourage other girls with similiar struggles to talk to their family members or friends about their issues. Regardless, she’s brave in a way I never could be.

  8. Marigold says:

    “I’ve really never talked about this stuff before… I don’t know if I should be sharing this.”

    Really? Because I feel like I’ve read about it 15 times in the last year.

  9. MrsBPitt says:

    I think that its great that Demi’s sharing her story, and personally, I don’t think these subjects can be discussed too much. I would much rather young people be listening to Demi, than Lohan, Hilton, or the Kardashians! At least what she is saying is worth listening to.

  10. Lucy2 says:

    This poor girl has been through so much. I don’t really know her music, but I wish her the best. I think it’s great she’s dealing with all these issues and being open about it, but I do hope at some point she moves on and doesn’t have to focus on only that.

  11. yeahright says:

    I dont understand how people can get like that. Don’t they have mechanisms in their heads that say “this is just too fucked up.” Do they have a death wish? I just dont get it.

    • Erinn says:

      Addiction is a slippery slope.
      I personally am not addicted to any substance (well- save for caffeine which is hell to detox from btw) but I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety issues. I assume it’s kind of a similar thing. It’s not like I was completely fine, and one morning I was magically super miserably depressed. It starts out slower than that, and the next thing you know, you’ve gone from feeling down, to never wanting to leave your bed while you sob your heart out. She probably started off just getting a little bit of a high from it occasionally, to gradually needing it.

    • Faith says:

      Because it makes you feel better in my case sleep better I would of rather took a ridculose amount of sleeping pills than to spend another night/week/month with insomina. I couldn’t cope with it, and it made me think I was better. I can’t speak for anyone else and I didn’t deal with dependancy for terribly long either but when you’re depressed sometimes you will do anything to stop feeling that way and sometimes it doesn’t matter whether it will kill you or not. Then you get better look back on it and feel like a right twat about it all.

  12. Sara says:

    I actually find it refreshing that a celebrity can be so open about their substance abuse because most celebrities clam up when asked about their past drug abuse even if they are clean and sober now. It’s like they don’t want to admit they were a mess at one point in their life. But I find it very humbling when they can open up and discuss it.

  13. Lark says:

    I’m glad that Demi has managed to get her life together, not sure why you think she is a total mess. She lived in a sober house for over a year, which goes to show her dedication. Apparently some of Demi’s band-members were ranting about Joe too, so I’m surprised to see him there….However, if he legitimately has an issue (and dude’s pupils were HUGE in a photo I saw of him recently) I could see Demi trying to help him out. What I think must be tough about being famous and dealing with issues is not just the public nature but the exaggerations about it too….She was a bulimic who cut and had major issues with coke and alcohol, but some of the more despicable websites would act like she was shooting up heroin and near death and making a bad situation already worse….There are so many crazy rumors (and still are) going on about her even though she lives a fairly quiet life. Anyway, good for her and I’m glad that she has her life together.

    • Erinn says:

      I personally think that anyone who is involved with Wilmer Valderamma is automatically a mess. I like Demi; she’s grown on me. But when you’re trying to be clean, and get better you don’t usually choose to hang around, let alone date, someone like him.

  14. Dani says:

    I’m really glad that she’s doing better but she really needs to stop talking about it. There was a point where it was great that she was open about it and helping others, but now it’s just the Help Me Sell My Book show and it’s getting tired.

  15. Eleonor says:

    What strikes me about her interviews is that she sounds older than her real age: she is talking like she used to be a washed out stoned rockstar of the ’70s, I would expect this kind of statements from someone like Ozzy Osbourne not from her. I am happy she managed to put her life together.
    I think she is talking a lot about this because she needs to talk about her experience.
    We usually bash celebrities for their vapid interviews, even if she is repeating herself she is talking about a serious matter, I am ok with that.
    I think she should go for acting, I’ve seen her as a guest star in Grey’s anatomy, she was good.

  16. GlimmerBunny says:

    So sad. I hope she’s feeling better now :(

  17. Lauren says:

    Demi did tweet her discontent with Joe after the his comments about her and miley as did her sister. Rumour is though that Wilmer Valderama still his his control over her and along with papa Jonas forced her to delete all the negative tweeting. Papa Jonas and Wilmer according to Jonas Brother fans (who are usually all for positive bias for the brothers/ their family members all the time) control Demi and this is said to be common knowledge that they don’t let her express her true feelings about Joe Jonas or the things he put her through/ like to control her professionally as well as personally.

    I hope she gets away from Wilmer one day as it is clear he is a predator and many of her fans are concerned about his manipulation and influence over her everyday life.

  18. GeeMoney says:

    I can’t believe that she’s been through all of that… and she’s only like, 21. Wow.

    I wish that I would hear more about her singing and acting accomplishments than her drug and alcohol use, though. I’m glad that she’s getting the help that she needs and is trying to better herself and help others. Perhaps after all of this, she can revitalize her singing career.

  19. Grant says:

    Joe Jonas looks like a gay porn star from the 80′s.

  20. Lisa says:

    She’s never talked about this before?! I think her memory has been affected. It’s ALL she talks about,

  21. G. says:

    As much as I want to be critical of her, I have a friend who has her book and it’s currently the inspiration that keeps her from cutting herself. So yes, it’s a bit tired, but it does help others.

    And on another note, one of my good friends is currently recovering from an eating disorder, and while it gets a little old hearing her talk about it constantly, sometimes it’s all that keeps her going.

    So basically, I get why Demi is still talking about this.

  22. MsAubra says:

    What is the statute of limitations on this mess, because maybe the only way we don’t gotta hear this mess anymore is for her to have snitched herself into prison!!

    LAWD that Jonas brother is looking like a pornstar impersonating Freddie Mercury…

  23. gg says:

    I always hate her awful hair colors. Usually I like blue hair but she looks awful with dark hair. This blue looks like she didn’t want to commit to it so they left roots. She looks lovely with some lighter highlights but she keeps going dark.

    Also not a fan of having on so much makeup, especially eye makeup and dark lips, that the face is absolutely buried under the weight of it. I have no idea what she really looks like under all that slap.

  24. Leila In Wunderland says:

    I know she talks a lot about her issues and a lot of people are tired of it, but she has struggled silently with these issues for years and years, trying to keep them all secret, so I can see how it would be therapeutic for her to let it all out, and how it can be inspirational for others who have gone through some of the things she’s been through- mental illness, eating disorders, self-mutilation- to see someone like her be open about these things. I’ve heard people talk about how her story inspires them or how it has helped their kid.

    I would like to hear other things about her though, as a fan.

  25. Arianna says:

    People forget that she was diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder so a large part of this was likely self-medication, on top of everything else. Overall, I didn’t used to think much of her, until I ended up hearing her sing live. What a voice. She’s very talented. I’m sure she will eventually stop talking about her struggles, but for now it works.

    • jaye says:

      As someone who is bi-polar with anxiety disorder, I can relate to self medication. For me it was alcohol. Admitting that I was drinking to feel “normal” to my therapist and an adjustment of my medications (and actually taking them) helped me get that under control but it’s really easy to get to a point where you need something that facilitates becoming numb to the emotional pain.

  26. Bread and Circuses says:

    Wow, there was this whole article, including pictures, about Demi Lovato, but then it ended with a photo of Joe Jonas’ mustache and everything preceding the ‘stache just flew right out of my brain like it had never been there.

  27. bettyrose says:

    Ugh, any parent who would let their child go on the Disney channel should be investigated by DCFS.

    • Leila In Wunderland says:

      I don’t think it’s all on Disney. I would if Disney stars were the only ones who got eating disorders, had breakdowns, and struggled with addiction, but there are too many non-Disney stars who have been through the same stuff, and a few Disney stars who haven’t. The pressure to be seen as an innocent Disney kid may contribute to their problems, but I also think it’s young fame combined with whatever personal issues that the person had before.

  28. Blackbetty says:

    She always seem so clean cut and innocent.

  29. Mika302 says:

    It will never get old….what she is saying could help a young person. Young people tend tonlisten to people n their age group more so than adults. What she is saying is important, she is talki g about smthng real. And I’m sure when she says she hasn’t talked about it she means like putting vodka n water and soda bottles , or sneaking drugs on planes. And every 30 mins needing the cocaine. So for people to say she is tlkng to much about her past is really ignorant!!! She has been through a lot to only b 21.

  30. vvvoid says:

    Smuggling smaller amounts of drugs onto domestic flights is quite easy and doesn’t require any vagina stuffing. Its not like drug dogs are a matter of course at airport security either. I wonder, with her propensity for cutting, if she was snorting or shooting the coke. I was a cutter and it made crossing over to needle use pretty easy and unintimidating unfortunately. It was like the mutilation factor was an added bonus to the more intense high you get banging drugs instead of sniffing or smoking them. I’d imagine the stigma against needle use is too great for her to cop to it anytime soon if she did cross that line though.

  31. Meggin says:

    Joe Jonas really frightens me with his mustache. Demi means well and is trying to set a good example for younger people but it does get redundant when every interview is about her eating disorder and past drug use.