Singer/actress Demi Lovato was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday for a medical emergency reported by some media outlets to be a possible heroin overdose.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed only that officers responded around 11:40 a.m. to a home in the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in Hollywood for a medical emergency.
The department declined to provide further details.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a representative for Lovato issued a statement that read, “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 for us now.”
TMZ.com and US Weekly reported the 25-year-old singer, who has a history of substance-abuse issues, was suffering from a possible heroin overdose. TMZ reported that paramedics found the singer unconscious and that she was treated with Narcan, which is typically used for drug overdoses.
The former Disney Channel actress’ struggles with addiction, bipolar disorder and other issues were recounted last year in a YouTube documentary titled “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.” Although she had recently marked six years of sobriety, she released a song last month titled “Sober,” in which she revealed that she had relapsed.
The lyrics of the song include the lines: “To the ones who never left me; we’ve been down this road before; I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.”
A host of celebrities posted messages on Twitter in support of Lovato, including Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Brad Paisley and Emmy Rossum.
“My friend (Lovato) is one of the kindest, most talented people I’ve ever met,” Paisley wrote. “Praying for her right now, addiction is a terrifying disease. There is no one more honest or brave than this woman.”
Lovato was scheduled to perform a concert on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Thursday, but that performance has been canceled.