Demi Lovato was putting “added pressure on herself” in the months leading up to her apparent drug overdose, a source tells ET.
The 25-year-old singer, who had been traveling as part of her Tell Me You Love Metour, was concerned about “looking great” for her performances, according to the source, who adds that Lovato was “feeling self conscious” about her weight.
“Three weeks ago, a close friend of Demi’s tried to sit down and talk to her. They were so worried,” the source says of the singer’s relapse after six years of sobriety. “They wanted to help her slow down and live a cleaner lifestyle, but all she cared about was her weight gain.”
“She didn’t want to talk about her drug or alcohol use, she wanted to discuss dieting. Demi started gaining weight in the last few months and her friends knew she was partying way too much and was in a terrible place,” the source claims. “Demi is very self-conscious about her weight and she puts added pressure on herself to look great because she feels that it’s what the public and her fans expect, but she wasn’t willing to give up partying for weight loss.”
And according to ET, those closest to Lovato “saw this OD coming.” An additional source told ET earlier this week that Lovato’s family is already looking into rehab facilties in hopes of checking her in right away.
“Her family is going to do everything in their power to help get Demi back on track and are making plans to get her straight into rehab,” the source said. “She is a fighter and has beat this in the past, so they know she can live a clean and sober life again. Her mother is by her side.”