Demi Lovato's PR team quickly shot down reports that the 19-year-old was back in rehab, telling Perez Hilton, "The story was fabricated. It is completely untrue."
Lovato's reps also contacted the source of the allegations, a website called BlindGossip, to inform them that as of "today, Jan. 25, Demi Lovato is not a resident at an in-patient treatment center." The website notes that her reps would not confirm Lovato's sobriety and said they would not be releasing any statements about her sobriety or personal health, adding the singer can be expected to be seen in public, in Los Angeles later today when she attends at medical appointment.
The statement was issued after BlindGossip reported that Lovato had been admitted to Passages, a well-known rehab center in Malibu, where she was being treated for alcohol and drug addiction. The site claimed that the singer was "living a double live" -- one minute promoting her friend Hanna Beth Merjos' "Sober is Sexy" clothing line and drinking and doing drugs the next.
As Crushable points out, what's interesting about this story is that BlindGossip directly addressed the celebrity they were writing about.
In a blind item published on Jan. 19, the site called out the as-of-then unnamed celeb, writing:
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.
And today BlindGossip again alleged that Lovato and her friends read their site, explaining that when they heard she was "slipping back into destructive habits, [BlindGossip] felt it was our responsibility to address her directly." The site claims that Demi was furious with the report, but several of her friends helped her see that she really had a problem and were able to get the star into a rehab center.
It's well-known that Lovato was treated from October 2010 to January 2011 for eating disorders and self-harm, but again, reps for the singer adamantly deny that their client is currently in rehab.
It is worth pointing out, however, that her reps have been caught denying reports that turned out to be true. In 2008 the singer was first rumored to be a cutter when she was spotted with scars on her wrists, but her rep at Disney, Lillian Matulic, denied the reports, telling the New York Daily News that the tight plastic bracelets Lovato was wearing earlier in the day had left indentations on her wrist.
The most recent round of allegations came to light after photos of Lovato partying with friends at Beacher's Madhouse surfaced online. The singer was spotted at the Hollywood hotspot with pal Kim Kardashian and was said to have spent the night dancing with Wilmer Valderrama, who she was rumored to have broken up with weeks ago.
According to the NYDN, the two broke up "three weeks to a month ago," with sources saying it was a mutual decision.
Earlier this week Demi Lovato announced she was taking an indefinite break from Twitter, writing, "Twitter break. It's for the best actually. Who allows me to have this thing anyways?!!! I just get myself in trouble! Haha. Anyway... BYE!"
Even if her reps deny she's in rehab, we're wondering what type of trouble she's talking about.