Demi Lovato has opened up about her past drug habit in an interview with UK talk show host Jonathan Ross, admitting her parents banned her from seeing her little sister at the height of her addiction.
The 25-year-old singer “hit rock bottom” when her family’s intervention made her realise she needed to seek help for cocaine dependency.
Demi has previously admitted to needing to bring cocaine with her everywhere she went, which is why her parents wanted her well away from her younger actress sibling Madison De La Garza, who played Gabrielle Solis’ daughter Juanita Solis on Desperate Housewives.
She insisted on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ that her family tried to help her numerous times, adding: “There were a few [interventions by family and friends] but the final one, everyone was like, ‘We are no longer going to leave. We are leaving.’ That was the moment when I thought, ‘OK I really need to get help and get sober.’
“This time I knew … I had hit rock bottom and I just needed to do this for myself. I knew that I had a lot of life ahead of me but one of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mum and dad [said I couldn’t be around her] if I was doing stuff.
“So, I got the help I needed and now I co-own a treatment centre.”
Demi still thinks about taking drugs but not as often as she used to.
She added: “There are days when you fight temptation for sure but those days get further and further apart. I’ve been sober for five and a half years now and it gets a lot easier. It’s so much easier than it was at the beginning and now there are days when I don’t even think about it.
“I just don’t put myself in certain situations that I know there is going to be a ton of alcohol or possibly drugs there, I just try not to be around them.”
The star – who released her new album Tell Me You Love Me today – previously revealed she used to sneak drugs onto planes during a spell in her life when she “couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine”.
She once said: “Something I’ve never talked about before – but with 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.”
Demi Lovato’s Vevo Live will be broadcast on Vevo.com tonight and The Jonathan Ross Show will air on Saturday, Sept 30, on ITV.