Demi Lovato may have just given fans yet another cause for concern.
Just a few weeks after the beloved singer admitted to having relapsed, following six-plus years of sobriety, Lovato has gone ahead and taken an unexpected step in her professional life.
According to Radar Online, Lovato just fired her long-time manager, Phil McIntyre, doing so “in the middle of her tour" because, this insider says, “she wanted to go in a different direction and decided to completely severe ties with him.”
This move could be interpreted in multiple ways, of course.
It may be a sign that Demi's downward spiral is not over yet.
McIntyre has been by Lovato's side for a lengthy period of time, overseeing a very successful music career, making many wonder why the artist would choose the aforementioned different direction.
Hadn't her career under McIntyre been headed in a very positive one?
But there's a flip side to this decision, as well. There's a more positive way to look at Demi's move.
She clearly laments having fallen off the wagon and, we sincerely hope, is looking to get right back on it again.
She wants to live a clean life and is "focused on surrounding herself with positivity and accountability," as the Radar Online source describes it.
Neither Lovato nor McIntyre has acknowledged the rumors of their split, but it comes not long after Lovato also cut ties with her rehabilitation and recovery business, CAST Center.
"They are in a bitter dispute over money and branding," a source told Radar.
Darn. This makes us feel terrible for Lovato.
It can't be easy to rebuild one's personal life when one's professional life is also a mess.
In June, Lovato released "Sober," a heartbreaking singler featuring lyrics that seemed to confirm that she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.
“Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And Daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor/To the ones who never left me/We’ve been down this road before/ I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore," she sings on the track.
Heartbreaking, isn't it?
No one can almost ever say for certain what causes an addict to revert to his or her old and dangerous ways.
But reports indicated that Lovato fell into trouble once again about two months ago.
"She stopped the accountability portion of her recovery," is how one person explained it, with another going so far as to say Lovato "fell off the rails."
We also heard late last month that Demi started drinking again, not doing drugs, which is maybe a silver lining.
As Lovato has openly discussed in the past, she was into cocaine and other hard drugs during her teenage years.
We can only sit back now and wish Lovato the best.
We hope she has the proper support system in place and we hope she knows how much we love and admire her.