After news broke that Demi Lovato had suffered from an apparent overdose, it didn’t take long for paparazzi to descend on the singer’s childhood friend Selena Gomez. In the days after Lovato’s hospitalization, photos emerged of Gomez appearing upset and distraught over the news. Now, after over a month of keeping her silence on the matter, Gomez speaks up about her former Disney Channel co-star and friend in her latest interview with Elle Magazine.
Six days after Lovato’s overdose, Gomez did an interview with Elle magazine where she spoke up about her friendship with the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer.
According to the magazine, Lovato was still hospitalized after reportedly overdosing on fentanyl-laced oxycodone and when prompted to answer questions about her, Gomez got a bit choked up. “All I’m saying is, I reached out personally,” she finally said. “I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I … I love her. I’ve known her since I was seven. So … it’s … that’s what I’ll say.”
On July 24, emergency medical services raced to Lovato’s Hollywood Hills home and revived her with Narcan, an emergency medicine used to restore normal breathing in a person who has overdosed on prescription painkillers, fentanyl or heroin. Lovato stayed in the care of a hospital for over a week until she was finally released on August 4 to an in-patient treatment facility.
Gomez and Lovato’s relationship hasn’t always been a tight-knit or a smooth one. The two stars appeared on “Barney and Friends” in 2002 and went on to star in their own respective shows on Disney Channel. The two appeared alongside each other for the Disney Channel film “Princess Protection Program,” in 2009. Over the years the singers reportedly had a falling out and their careers diverted paths. Still, they have reportedly remained in touch. Last year, at a time when Gomez was dealing with her own health concerns and had a kidney transplant, Lovato reached out to give her own support.