When Demi Lovato suffered an overdose that nearly claimed her life back in July, family, friends, and a legion of devoted fans rallied around the singer and implored her to seek the help she needs for her ongoing addiction problems.
Fortunately, Demi was able to recognize that she would be unable to navigate the hard road to recovery on her own.
Lovato checked into rehab in August immediately after detoxing in an LA hospital.
And for a while, the reports of her progress were overwhelmingly positive.
Just last week, Demi’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, confirmed that Lovato is 90 days sober and planning to continue treatment for several more months.
So needless to say, fans were shocked by reports that Demi is now out of rehab and was spotted hitting the town in LA this weekend with a new love interest by her side.
Yes, TMZ has obtained photos of Demi looking very coupled-up with clothing designer Henry Levy.
On Saturday night, the twosome went out to dinner at a posh Beverly Hills sushi restaurant, where they held hands and gazed into one another’s eyes as they awaited their meals.
TMZ also reports that Lovato spent some time being pampered at a spa this weekend.
The news that Demi is out of rehab and seems to be embarking on a new relationship has received a mixed response from fans.
Obviously, it’s great to see the singer smiling after such a difficult few months, but Demi was scheduled to spend the rest of the year in rehab, and as her recovery is literally a matter of life and death, many hoped she would remain in treatment.
Not only that, newly sober addicts are generally discouraged from entering new relationships, particularly when past heartbreaks have served as triggering events, as is the case with Demi.
With her most recent relapse, Demi no doubt learned the hard lesson that most addicts will learn at one point another — recovery is a lifelong process and there are sure to be major setbacks along the way.
And the best way to avoid falling off the wagon is to adhere to the conventional wisdom of those who have been down this road before.
That said, every addict and every recovery is different.
For all we know, Demi’s decision to leave rehab ahead of schedule and enter a new relationship may have the full blessing of the experts she’s been working with for several months.
Whatever the case, we wish her all the best and hope that she’s receiving exactly the kind of help she needs.