Lovato 'stable' after suspected overdose

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US singer and composer Demi Lovato performs in concert at the World Stage during the 8th edition of Rock in Rio Lisbon, at Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon, Portugal, 24 June 2018. EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO

Pop star Demi Lovato has been hospitalised in Los Angeles after suffering a suspected overdose, media reports say.

Representatives for the 25-year-old singer, who has spoken openly about cocaine and alcohol abuse, have not responded to requests for comment but People magazine has quoted an unidentified source as saying the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer is "okay and stable".

TMZ reported Lovato was found unconscious in her Hollywood Hills home and quoted law enforcement sources as saying she was treated with Narcan, an emergency treatment for suspected opioid and drug overdoses.

Los Angeles police said they responded to a medical emergency on Tuesday involving a woman on the Hollywood Hills street where Lovato reportedly has a home, but declined to name the person.

Last month Lovato released a song called "Sober" in which she sang: "Momma, 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."

Lovato rose to fame on Disney Channel shows "Camp Rock" and "Sonny with a Chance" 10 years ago, and forged a pop career with hits like "Skyscraper" and "Sorry Not Sorry."

In a 2017 YouTube documentary, "Simply Complicated," Lovato spoke about years of substance abuse, eating disorders, and drinking, saying she first started using cocaine when she was 17.

She entered rehab at the age of 18, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Lovato, who has some 69 million followers on Instagram, was in the midst of a US tour and due to perform in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Thursday.

Her hospitalisation became the top trending item on Twitter on Tuesday, with fans and celebrities expressing concern and support.

Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, and country singer Brad Paisley are among those who have taken to social media to pen well wishes to the "Sober" and "Confident" artist.

"I love Demi Lovato so much," DeGeneres wrote on Twitter.

"It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family."

Paisley tweeted, "Addiction is a terrible disease. There is no one more honest or brave than this woman."

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