For her upcoming Neon Lights tour, Demi Lovato has made a bold move: she has banned anyone on her team from using alcohol or other drugs.
Lovato’s tour kicks off in Vancouver on February 9 and wraps up on May 17 in Monterrey, Mexico.
A former X Factor judge and recovering addict, Lovato seems to have been moved by the recent, untimely death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York City apartment last week with a needle still in his arm, an apparent heroin overdose the cause.
The 21-year-old singer said it’s about putting on the best performance possible for her fans instead of a time for wild partying.
Lovato said on Extra, “Everyone on the team is required to stay clean and focused. It’s not about trying to party. It’s about putting on the best show and everyone needs to be in tip top shape. That’s how it should be for every tour.”
She went on to speak about the tragic loss the acting and recovery community has recently experienced with the death of Mr. Hoffman, who until about a year ago, had 23 years of sobriety. This last year had been difficult for the talented actor; he had relapsed and recently gone to treatment.
On addiction, the starlet Lovato said, “People don’t take it as seriously as it is. It’s a mental illness and it’s a disease. There’s no pill that’s gonna change it.” She added, “People need to have compassion for it. Rather than, being a former addict, looking at it as I had a choice, because at some point in my disease I didn’t.” Of her own experience with addiction, Lovato said, “I physically and emotionally couldn’t live without it. That was my medicine to my pain.”
Demi Lovato also took to Twitter, posting a call to action to stop promoting and glamorizing drug use in music and movies saying that “drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It’s not cute, ‘cool’ or admirable.”
Of drug use and addiction, Lovato said “This stuff is not something to mess with. Why risk it? Addiction is a disease.”
“I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is,” she wrote.
Demi Lovato’s compassion for other addicts, like Mr. Hoffman, and her conviction to change the current public attitude on addiction is clear. In closing, the young, brave singer wrote:
“Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. An INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease. May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone. God Bless.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction or relapse, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.