Back in July, Demi Lovato was hospitalized following a heroin overdose that nearly claimed her life.
Last week, Selena Gomez checked into rehab in the wake of what's been described as a "devastating" emotional breakdown.
Having found career success at roughly the same time, Demi and Selena are more than just friends -- they share a unique understanding of the pressures of fame and the ways in which a fan base of millions can be both a blessing and a burden.
In many ways, tens of millions can relate to Selena's plight, as anxiety, depression, and addiction are astonishingly prevalent afflictions in modern America.
But in some respects, Demi is one of only a handful of people who can truly understand what Selena is going through right now.
So it's something of a comfort to know that Demi has reportedly reached out to Selena to offer support during this tremendously
“This just breaks Demi’s heart but she definitely understands what Selena is going through more than anyone right now,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online.
“She has spoken to her and will continue to be there for her just as Selena was there for Demi following her overdose.”
Yes, it seems Selena was an invaluable source of love and support in the early days of Demi's latest stint in rehab.
Of course, this is a trying time not only for Demi and Selena but for their worried loved ones, as well.
Thankfully, it seems Selena and Demi's mothers have found solace in one another as they attempt to guide their children through the rough waters of addiction and mental illness.
“Demi’s mom Dianna and Selena’s mom Mandy have been close friends forever too, and Dianna has definitely been a huge source of support and strength for Mandy this week, just as Mandy has always been for her," says the source.
“It's just been so hard to watch their kids suffer right now, especially after they were so sure that Selena and Demi had overcome their demons.”
Sadly, the singers' current situations serve as painful reminders that recovery is a lifelong process.
The majority of the millions of Americans who have struggled with these issues may never have recorded a platinum record, but they can certainly relate to Demi and Selena in that respect.
Our thoughts go out to both young women and their families during this painful time.
We'll keep you updated on both situations as more information becomes available.