Dani Vitale has once again been forced to speak out against some troubling rumors.
In late July, days after Demi Lovato overdosed on drugs and nearly died, stupid and ignorant social media users tried to blame Vitale for the singer's fate.
These accusations were based solely on the fact that Vitale was with Lovato the night before she was found unconscious in her bedroom.
Yes, Vitale was part of a contingent that hit up a nightclub in Los Angeles that evening -- but it's unclear if she went back to Demi's house after the outing was over.
And, moreover, Vitale has been close friends with Lovato for years.
It's misguided, irresponsible and flat-out cruel to blame Vitale for anything that has happened with Lovato.
(Last we heard, Lovato had entered an extensive rehab program and will likely remain out of the spotlight for many months while she works to get better.)
Late last week, in response to chatter that she actually supplied Lovato with the drugs that led to her overdose, Vitale penned a lengthy and emotional note on Instagram.
“I have NEVER touched nor even SEEN a drug in my entire life,” Vitale wrote. “I DO NOT DO DRUGS, nor would I ever encourage, or supply them to anyone I love.”
That basically sums everything up right then and there, as far as Vitale's culpability goes.
But the 28-year old went explain in heartbreaking detail how she responded after learning that Lovato had been rushed to the hospital back on July 24.
“My whole being was ridden with sadness, confusion, love and hopelessness,” she says.
As for the chatter that she gave her friend pills or powder?
“I wound up not leaving my house nor my bed for 3 weeks,” Vitalte said on Instagram, adding of her response to these rumors:
“Ridden with severe depression, fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, disgust, numbness and many more adjectives that I’ve been feeling that I sadly can’t even put into words."
Everything strangers on the Internet were saying about her drove Vitale into a state of depression.
"After days of countless nights not being able to sleep, or waking up in a full sweat and soaking in my own tears, I was forced to put my phone in a dresser drawer.
"Terrified to open a blind or to get out of bed, my house remained just as dark as my mind daily. I thought if I stayed asleep, that was the time I didn’t have to be conscious living in this hell that was being forced upon me.
"And there were nights I would honestly hope I wouldn’t wake up the next morning so I didn’t have to live through this anymore and it would all go away.
"I couldn’t shower, eat, sleep, keep food down, or engage in anything outside of just saying, ‘Why?'"
Just a few days ago, word circulated about a known drug dealer who Lovato had befriended who Demi allegedly asked to come over on the night/morning in question.
This person may have even provided Lovato with dirty drugs.
So... Vitale is sort of in the clear now.
The accusations have stopped.
But her waking nightmare continues.
"I’m still scared to touch my phone and open it, and trying to resume my ‘normal’ life has been brutally unbearable,” Vitale said.
“I’ve driven somewhere, then have to been too scared to leave my car, super insecure even ordering a simple cup of coffee."
Writing important words that can perhaps serve as a lesson across all of the Internet, she added:
The circulation of an UNTRUE story on the internet yanked my life, my reputation, my name and everything I have worked so hard to stand for, out from underneath me.
A damaging narrative that demonized me, placed blame on me, and has since cost me so many wonderful moments in life.
This UNTRUE narrative is damaging innocent people’s lives, mine included. We are so quick to point the finger with little to ZERO facts at all.
Vitale concluded her note by referencing the monologue Lovato gave prior to her performance of “Sorry Not Sorry” at the American Music Awards in 2017.
“There’s so much hate in this world, we have to rise above,” Vitale wrote, quoting her troubled friend. “Never say sorry for who you are.”
Lovato herself has released just one statement since agreeing to enter rehab.
This is how it concluded:
I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery.
The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.
I will keep fighting.