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03-09-18 | By

Demi Lovato Ditches Met Gala To Embrace Sobriety

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In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine, Demi Lovato shares what exactly happened during a triggering night at the star-studded Met Gala in 2016. The singer vowed to never attend another Gala after a seemingly awkward run-in with female rapper, Nicki Minaj.

“I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.”

In the interview, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer opened up about what went on during that provoking night nearly two years ago. “This one celebrity was a complete bitch and was miserable to be around. It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.'” Lovato arrived lavished in a Moschino gown adorned in diamonds alongside fashion designer, Jeremy Scott.

In the interview, Demi doesn’t name Nicki, but it’s safe to assume she’s talking about Minaj after a picture of their uncomfortable run-in went viral the day after the black-tie event.

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Demi captioned on Instagram nearly two years ago. “This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met #cool #sof–kingawkward #notforme #sweatpants #forensicfiles #whatsgood, p.s. some of y’all need to learn how to take a joke.. I’m obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life.”

Lovato says she texted her manager from the event and revealed she had such a bad experience that she was driven to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting straight after.

“I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on — millions of dollars of diamonds on in the meeting,” she adds.

Lovato continued in the interview, ‘And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala — fake and sucking the fashion industry’s dick.’

Along with her numerous hits, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer’s unpretentious candor is what makes her different from the rest of the A-list list celebrities that accompany her. Following a 2009 incident, Lovato punched a backup dancer who spoke up about her Adderall use while on tour with the Jonas Brothers. Since, Lovato has opened up about her personal struggles from her bipolar diagnosis, alcoholism, eating disorder, and first stint in rehab, which has won over millions of fans.

“If I relapse, It shows my fans is OK to relapse. And I can’t do that.”

While coming clean, Lovato filmed two documentaries: MTV’s Demi Lovato: Stay Strong in 2012 chronicled her newfound sobriety at the time. But, now the singer admits, “I was on drugs for half of it.” The second documentary, a YouTube feature, “Simply Complicated,” was vowed a “re-do.”

Brutal honesty “holds me accountable,” she explained to the magazine. “When I started talking about my sobriety—I can never be seen at a club getting wasted. If I relapse, it shows my fans it’s OK to relapse. And I can’t do that.”

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Her tourmates, DJ Khaled and Kehlani revealed more about the singer: “I knew about Demi Lovato the superstar,” says Khaled. “But when I saw the documentary, I got to really see her journey, and I could say, ‘Man, I’m proud of her.'” Kehlani noted, “a lot of people are going through it in this industry, and a lot of people have the same stories, or crazier stories, and they’ll never share it. Anybody brave enough to share things that people could possibly use against them at some point is instantly a superhero in my eyes.”

In recent news, the songstress has also reached out to her fans through her newly-launched Tell Me You Love Me tour, providing free counseling sessions centered on mental health and wellness, led by a founder of a treatment facility, before each show. At the kickoff show in San Diego last week, she even brought several students who survived the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on stage to help raise funds for their mental health resources.

There are stars who keep things to themselves, however Lovato’s candid nature doesn’t quite play to that tune. Instead, the superstar has grown into an unfiltered, stigma-breaking, forced-to-be-reckoned with powerhouse – and for great reason.

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