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This Documentary Reveals The Truth Behind Demi Lovato’s Dangerous Cocaine Addiction And Eating Disorder

“I actually had anxiety around this interview because the last time I did an interview this long I was on cocaine.”

This is the opening line to Demi Lovato’s documentary, “Simply Complicated.” At 25 years old, this award-winning pop singer, actor and songwriter has experienced a lot of love, pain, heartbreak, guilt, happiness and anger. But on that rollercoaster ride of emotions she has learned a lot. The documentary begins with Lovato touching on her high school experience, a time in her life when she was bullied while yearning to be liked by others. This desire for popularity led her to excessive alcohol consumption, which then led to a cocaine addiction. She was 17 years old when she first tried cocaine. Even though she was initially scared to try this drug because her mom told her her heart would explode, she tried it. And she was hooked.

Lovato connects her love for cocaine to her birth father, who was also a cocaine addict and alcoholic. In the documentary Lovato’s mom, Dianna De La Garza explains, “I knew that he had a good heart. But sometimes if you don’t get the help for what you’re struggling with, a good heart just isn’t enough.” Lovato’s older sister, Dallas Lovato, remembers that Lovato had a lot of love for her birth father, but once alcohol and cocaine were involved, he would explode in rage, yelling and throwing things around the house, making it difficult for Lovato to view him with the same regard. Looking back Lovato admits, “I guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol. Because it fulfilled him and he chose that over family.”

After her parents’ divorce, it was Lovato, her mom and her older sister against the world. Lovato’s family later grew after her mom married Eddie De La Garza and brought her little sister, Madison De La Garza into the world. At a young age Lovato and her sisters began to participate in beauty pageants, and that’s when Lovato completely fell in love with singing. After realizing how talented Lovato was, her mom began taking her to singing lessons, acting lessons and auditions. And after many attempts, Lovato finally booked “Barney and Friends.” Soon after this, she booked a television show for Disney channel and then booked the Disney movie “Camp Rock” at 15 years old. It was during the rehearsals for “Camp Rock” that Lovato was picked up by her manager, Phil McIntyre. Even though Lovato was happy to see this success, it also caused her a lot of anxiety. Lovato admits, “Looking back, I think it was a lot for anyone, let alone a kid.”

It was during a concert in Colombia that Lovato reached her breaking point and entered a treatment facility. She was 18 years old at the time and was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. However, even after treatment, Lovato wasn’t ready to get sober. She remembers sneaking cocaine onto planes, into bathrooms and at night and no one knew. She was either craving drugs or on drugs. Lovato recalls, “There was one night that I was using a bunch of coke and I popped a few Xanax bars and I started to choke a little bit and my heart started racing.” After putting her life at risk, Lovato was rushed to the hospital and then entered a psych-ward for help. Still, this wasn’t much help.

No matter how much her friends and family tried to help her, Lovato recalls how little she cared at the time. She would fake her drug tests with other people’s urine, she would lie to people’s faces about being sober and just knew, “I needed to be high to get through what I was going through at that point.” After a few months of this, Lovato’s manager wanted to drop her. He didn’t know what else to do, so he resorted to his final plan, which was to convince every single person on the team to quit and leave if he left. Realizing that she would be losing everything and everyone, Lovato decided to commit to getting sober. The first thing her team did to help Lovato in the right direction was take away her phone, the gateway to everything painful in her life. From this point on everything changed.

At 19 years old, Lovato was booked as a judge on “The X-Factor” and was on her first year of sobriety. She was totally and completely committed to the process of becoming sober and learned along the way that “you really have to lean into the people who are trying to help you.” Although she didn’t relapse to her cocaine addiction, Lovato did relapse to her eating disorder. This came after her breakup with Wilmer Valderrama, who she was with for six years.

For Lovato, this eating disorder traces back to high school. Lovato remembers a girl from her class who suggested to her that she killed herself. The same girl started a suicide petition for Lovato, which she passed around and other students signed. Lovato didn’t understand why all of these students wanted her to kill herself. Based on what she was bullied for, she assumed her classmates wanted her dead for “being a whore” and being “fat.” Shortly after, Lovato began binge eating and forcing herself to vomit.

As a way to get past this eating disorder relapse, Lovato decided to start working out. She started going to the gym and was then introduced to Jiu-Jitsu, which she immediately fell in love with. Since then, Lovato has been on a on track toward bettering her physical and mental health. Along the way, Lovato has learned that “secrets make you sick.” She learned that “love is necessary,” and that “the key to being happy is to tell your truth.” She thanks everyone who has helped her along the way, but most of all thanks her fans because if it wasn’t for them, she wouldn’t be alive today.


Fans are in shock after watching Lovato’s revelations.


Even though this documentary is heartbreaking, Lovato’s fans are also in awe of her transformation.


And thanks to her story, many are reminded that it’s possible to overcome anything.


Thank you so much for opening up about this Demi Lovato. You are a queen. ?


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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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Apparently PBS Is Making A Documentary About Boricua Queen Rita Moreno And Get Ready To Unleash The Tears

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Apparently PBS Is Making A Documentary About Boricua Queen Rita Moreno And Get Ready To Unleash The Tears

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Rita Moreno is one of those legendary forces in the Latinx community that we all hold a special place in our hearts for. She’s the first Latina to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award and she has given life to some of the most memorable characters on film, stage and TV screen. 

Now, the talented Boricua will be honored with a documentary all about her fascinating life. 

The new PBS documentary will focus on some of Moreno’s most notable life experiences and will also cover some darker and more private aspects of her 87 years. 

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Called “Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” the documentary will feature the actress’ career highlights but will also focus on some rarely discussed moments of her life. For example, in the documentary, Moreno opens up about her attempted suicide that occurred just a year before she won an Oscar for her role as Anita in “West Side Story.” 

The Latina shared via a statement just how moved she is to be the focus of this documentary.

“How I wish my Puerto Rican mother were alive to see this: her child’s story being celebrated. It is not something she or I could ever have imagined. I’m astonished. I’m humbled.” 

Moreno’s career has really come full circle. While she will continue her role as Lydia in “One Day At a Time,” she is also playing Valentina in the 2019 remake of “West Side Story.”

The documentary is being produced by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda, the acclaimed television producer Norman Lear and documentary filmmaker Michael Kantor.

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 Needless to say, fellow Puerto Rican, Miranda, is thrilled to be part of a project that immortalizes Moreno. 

“Rita is La Reina. Punto. Full stop,” executive producer Miranda expressed in a statement upon the documentary’s announcement. “Her life, talent, and career is a masterclass in the American dream. It is about time that she takes her rightful place amongst her peers on American Masters.”

The Moreno documentary will air in 2020 as part of the PBS American Masters series. According to PBS, it will feature animation, archival recordings, and reenactments from Moreno’s life. Some of the actresses closest friends and co-workers will also provide interviews for the film.

The documentary is being directed by fellow Latina, Mariem Pérez Riera. 

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In order to be true to Moreno’s story, it had to be driven by people who understand what the actress has gone through as a woman and as a member of the Latinidad. To do so, director Mariem Pérez Riera was hired to bring her vision to life. Riera has previous experience with heading up documentaries. In 2016, she directed “De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo” and “Croatto, la Huella de un Emigrante.” Both films focus on the Latinidad — a subject close to her heart. 

“As a filmmaker, woman and Puerto Rican, I am proud to have the opportunity to tell Rita’s story,” Riera shared when the documentary was announced. “Her many victories in the face of prejudice are an inspiration to me. Hopefully, this film will give strength to the women all over the world, who today, face a similar fight towards equality.” 

Of course, Latinx Twitter was quick to celebrate this new documentary and it’s a very deserving subject. 

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That dancing baby in this tweet’s GIF? That’s totally us. We are so excited to learn more about one of our favorite Latina actresses. Seeing her get the respect she deserves makes us want to celebrate. 

This tweet reminded us just how long Moreno’s career spans.

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Some of us grew up with her as Anita. Some of us know her from the “Electric Company.” Still, others will always know her as the voice of the original Carmen Sandiego. No matter where you know her from, it’s easy to see that her career has been long and lucrative.  

Some Twitter users pointed out the importance of illuminating other peoples stories, just as Manuel and other producers are doing with Moreno’s story in this documentary

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The only way we will continue to see our stories being told is if we help others in the Latinidad tell theirs. We’re glad to see that Manuel and Riera — fellow Puerto Ricans — have such important roles in making this documentary a reality. 

Other Twitter users shared their joy over the celebration of Moreno’s life and legacy. 

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Moreno is La Reina and we are so ecstatic that she’s getting the love she so obviously has earned. A career as impressive as hers deserves major props and we can’t wait to watch this documentary honoring her remarkable life. 

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