[artist id="3079280"]Demi Lovato[/artist] had gossip blogs buzzing on Wednesday when she was spotted with a sticker on her phone that reads, "Heroin killed the radio star." While many were wondering what it meant, the singer/actress took to Twitter to clarify it all.
"I've had the same sticker encouraging sobriety in a cool way for over a month now," she wrote. "No other reason than to inspire a younger generation to stay sober rather than falling into peer pressure and bad habits like so many have. #relax #soberissexy."
The sticker was designed by the clothing and accessories line Sober Is Sexy, and proceeds from sales of the line go to various substance-abuse programs. A new program is picked biannually by the company, which also sells T-shirts, tote bags, and various other clothing and accessory items with anti-drug messages.
Lovato recently sat down with Elle magazine for their September issue and opened up about the events that led to her seeking treatment last fall. "I was completely out of line all summer," she recalled of the time she had been on the road with the Jonas Brothers. "Just the worst attitude — totally ungrateful."
Before hitting the road, she had been dating Joe Jonas. The couple split, but Lovato doesn't place the sole blame for her attitude on the breakup. "I wouldn't credit my meltdown to a guy," she said. "There was so much other stuff in my life."
A widely publicized encounter with her backup dancer Alex Welch also was one of the big factors that led Lovato to realize she needed help. "I just felt like she betrayed me," she said of their physical altercation. "That's the bottom line."
Long before Lovato received treatment, the star had people concerned about her health. When she appeared at an event with scratches on her wrists, a publicist came up with an excuse for her behavior. "I don't think I would have been ready to talk about [my problems] then, but I could've come up with something better than gummy bracelets," Lovato said in the interview. "Needless to say, that publicist is no longer with us ... I mean, she's alive. ..."
Lovato reportedly received treatment for cutting, eating disorders and bipolar disorder.
Now, she's focused on her career, which includes a new album due in September and a new hit single, "Skyscraper." "I doubled over," she said of recording the emotional track. "Tears streaming down my face. It was a sight to see."