Demi Lovato is opening up about first abusing drugs during her young teenage years.
On Wednesday, August 24, the "Cool For The Summer" singer — who recently adopted she/her pronouns along with they/them — sat down with "Call Her Daddy" podcast host Alexandra Cooper to dive into her difficult past.
"I started experimenting for the first time when I was 12, or 13. I got into a car accident and they prescribed me opiates," Lovato told Cooper.
The childhood star further explained her mother's first encounter hiding pills from the actress. "My mom didn't think she would have to lock up the opiates from her 13-year-old daughter," shared Lovato, "but I was already drinking at that point. I had been bullied and was looking for an escape."
Unfortunately, locking away pills simply wasn't enough to save the Camp Rock actress' tumultuous road ahead.
Alongside opiates came excessive drinking and an overuse of cocaine.
Lovato pointed out her first drinking experience "should have been a major red flag," occurring alone after stealing a beer from her stepdad's fridge.
The downward spiral of drug abuse only became worse as the 30-year-old grew into her late teenage years. "At 17, it was the first time I tried coke and loved it too much and then kinda bled into me going to treatment right after I turned 18," Lovato explained.
This became the "Skyscraper" vocalist's first of many rehab journeys.
Fast-forward to 2018, Lovato suffered three strokes and a heart attack following a near-fatal overdose. The star's YouTube documentary, Dancing with the Devil, provided an in-depth summary of this close-to-death drug encounter.
Following the heart-wrenching experience, Lovato would still occasionally drink and smoke weed while attempting to maintain a "California sober" lifestyle.
This was short-lived, as OK! reported in December 2021 that the "Confident" singer declared, "sober sober is the only way to be."
“I no longer support my ‘California sober’ ways,” Lovato told her Instagram followers at the time.
The Disney Channel alum seems to be back on her feet and happily in love, gushing to Cooper that her new relationship is "going really well." Lovato still kept her mystery man's identity a secret from the podcast host.
Page Six reported news of Lovato remembering first opiate use at age 13.