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'Demi is awake and with her family': Pop star recovering following reports of hospitalization for drug overdose

Singer Demi Lovato performs during the Democratic National Convention in 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris

Demi Lovato is conscious and recovering, her representative said Tuesday evening, following reports the pop singer had been hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose.

"Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support," the singer's representative said in a statement. "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 right now."

There were conflicting reports Tuesday afternoon relating to the drugs involved. TMZ, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, reported that Lovato had been hospitalized after an overdose. The NBC affiliate in Los Angeles then reporting she had been transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded at 11:22 a.m. to a medical emergency call in the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in Hollywood Hills, a department spokeswoman said. That is the block where Lovato's home is located.

Emergency workers transported a 25-year-old to a hospital, the fire department spokeswoman said. Citing protocol, she declined to identify the patient.

Variety reported that Lovato had a scheduled performance in Atlantic City on Thursday that has been canceled. Fox is also pulling an episode of the game show "Beat Shazam" that featured the singer.

The pop singer has been open about her struggles with addiction, as well as her bipolar-disorder diagnosis, becoming a mental-health advocate.

In March, Lovato tweeted that she had been sober for six years. But last month, she released a song called "Sober," in which she sang, "I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore."

As soon as news broke about the singer's apparent hospitalization, several celebrities - including recent Lovato collaborators - tweeted their well wishes.

Singer Kehlani, who opened for Lovato on her recent tour, tweeted that she was "sending huge recovery love to Demi. this is a very personal moment and respected delicately. all we can do is send our best wishes and love."

Clean Bandit, who released a song in May featuring Lovato, also tweeted.

"I love [Demi Lovato] so much," tweeted Ellen DeGeneres, who has had Lovato on her show many times. "It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family."

Kehlani also tweeted that "addiction isn't one of those things you can put yourself in the shoes of. you had to have fought the fight yourself or had it rip your family apart your entire life. . . even then, the latter is still not the same thing. this isn't the time for the picking apart or making light of."

This article was written by Elahe Izadi, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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