Model Lala Kent has hit out at Demi Lovato being ‘California sober’, saying you’re not sober if you’re still drinking and smoking weed
Demi Lovato’s way of handling their “sober lifestyle” has come in for criticism by Lala Kent.
The model slammed Demi for still drinking and taking weed, saying if you’re doing this then you can’t class yourself as being sober.
And the 30-year-old – who decided to get sober in 2018 – called the singer’s sobriety a “California sober” lifestyle.
While sobriety often means you must abstain from all drugs and alcohol, the practice Lovato has adopted to follow allows the use of select substances in moderation.
Lala told David Yontef on the Behind The Velvet Rope podcast: “I don’t like to judge, but I actually think that that’s super offensive.
“You know, there are people out there who work their a** off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state.
“You know, they don’t even, when they have a cold, take DayQuil or NyQuil. So to say that you’re, like, ‘California sober’ or this type of sober is extremely offensive, I think.”
Lala continued: “To me, I’ve been in rooms with men and women who have given up everything just to not pick up [substances]. So sober to me means that you are not taking yourself out of reality.”
And the Vanderpump Rules star said that being California sober isn’t real as “you’re not sober”.
“If you are drinking or you’re smoking weed, you’re not sober,” she added.
Demi’s struggle with addiction has been highly publicised. The 28-year-old survived a near-death overdose in July 2018 and revealed almost three years later that they will continue drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in moderation.
The Dancing with the Devil singer, who recently came out as non-binary, told her YouTube docuseries in March: “I’ve learned that shutting a door on things makes me want to open the door even more.
“I’ve learned that it doesn’t work for me to say ‘I’m never gonna do this again.'”
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They did however say they were “done with the stuff that’s going to kill me” and are trying to be proactive in their lifestyle choices.
Speaking to CBS later that month, Demi confessed that California sober is currently the term they can “best identify” with.
“I really don’t feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people,” they revealed.
“Because I don’t want anyone to look at my parameters of safety and think that’s what works for them, because it might not,” they said.
“I am cautious to say that, just like I feel the complete abstinent method isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody, I don’t think that this journey of moderation is a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody.”
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