Update: Demi’s reps have released several more statements to various outlets, including Perez Hilton, saying, “The story was fabricated. It is completely untrue.” Furthermore, BlindGossip added this update after speaking with Demi’s team:
Demi Lovato’s PR team has asked BG to let its readers know that, as of today, 1/25/2012, Demi Lovato is not a resident at an in-patient treatment center. They will not confirm her sobriety and will not be releasing any statements about her sobriety or her personal health. Demi will be publicly seen and photographed out in Los Angeles later today when she goes to a medical appointment.
We’ve updated our post to reflect these changes and Demi’s current situation. I’d like to point out, however, that the most interesting part of the story was not whether Demi was back in rehab, but the idea of a gossip site directly addressing the stars it’s writing about. I’ll be curious to see if more sites pick up that method in the future.
Now Demi Lovato quitting Twitter doesn’t seem so sudden: BlindGossip reports that the troubled Disney starlet has checked into Passages, a treatment center in Malibu, to get help for alcohol abuse and cocaine. But the most interesting facet of the story is that BlindGossip, a site that primarily publishes blind items about Hollywood stars, claims that they helped to get Demi back in rehab. [tagbox tag= "rehab"]
One of their blind items, published on January 19, took the unexpected tack of directly addressing the drug-addled starlet in question. After running through the relevant details about the actress spouting a sober message while doing coke at parties, BlindGossip wrote:
Let’s cut to the chase, and get more direct: Look, we know that you and your friends are reading this. It is absolute madness for you to think that this will end well. You are a beautiful and talented girl, but you ARE going to lose your fans and your career and probably your life if you keep this up.
Remember how upset one of your siblings was when someone picked on them? Do you realize how much more emotionally destroyed they would be if you actually died? You should think about that, because that is exactly where you are heading right now. We don’t care if you lie to people about what your problems are. We don’t care if you pretend that you are going on vacation. Just get yourself back into rehab (or treatment, if it makes you feel better to call it that), and get well. Now.
As they explained, they knew that Demi and her friends read BlindGossip religiously, so they figured that the best move was to call her out. And it worked: Demi was allegedly furious about them pulling her sister into it — see below — but it also got her friends to forward the blind item on to her parents/management.
Readers first started to catch on that it was Demi because of photos that surfaced the week prior of her and friends partying at Beachers Madhouse. Then there’s the sibling angle. Fans pointed out young actress Madison de la Garza, Demi’s half-sister through their mom. Madison plays one of Gabrielle Solis’ (Eva Longoria) overweight children on Desperate Housewives; in real life, she’s been bullied for her weight. She’s also appeared on two of Demi’s projects: Princess Protection Program and playing young Demi on Sonny with a Chance.
However, it should be noted that Demi’s rep has apparently denied the entire story, according to GossipCop. But we’re not sure if we can entirely believe the rep, since the statement is startlingly casual for a celebrity story: “It is a crock of shit.” That’s the kind of thing we’d expect from Demi’s Twitter… if she were still tweeting.
Update: Demi did her first interview since this fiasco, with MuchMusic… but she doesn’t address the rumors here, nor that never-ending cocaine allegation. What gives?