Demi Lovato's recent stint in rehab may have helped her find true love in designer Henry Levy
The 26-year-old singer has been spotted getting cozy with designer Henry Levy, and has sparked rumors that she's dating him after the two were snapped sharing a kiss recently.
Demi Lovato's struggles with eating disorder, self-harm, bullying, alcoholism, bulimia, bipolar disorder, among a host of other issues have been well-documented.
The singer recently celebrated six years of sobriety in March 2018, before being rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after emergency services responded to her home over reports of an opioid overdose.
It was later revealed that the 26-year-old had overdosed on oxycodone laced with fentanyl and had to be revived using naloxone, a medication used to treat overdoses. She was then moved to an undisclosed rehabilitation center to continue her recovery and addressed her fans in a heartfelt message.
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"What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time," she wrote in the message. "It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet. I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."
However, it seems her time away from the spotlight has helped her find love in the form of 27-year-old designer and fellow "sober companion" Henry Levy.
E! Online reports that Levy is someone who has been in Lovato's circle for many years now, but has only recently gotten closer to the singer, with the pair spotted sharing a kiss recently in Malibu and sparking rumors that they were dating one another.
A source explained why the 26-year-old had formed a bond with Levy, saying, "Demi enjoys spending time with Henry because he is so supportive of her sobriety. They have a deep connection because he has struggled too and is sober himself. She feels safe with him and like she can be herself."
Levy — the founder of the punk-influenced unisex apparel line Enfants Riches Déprimés, which translates into English to Depressed Rich Kids — had previously struggled with substance abuse himself and in an interview with Complex, revealed his troubles during his teens. "I was, like, a f*** up in high school," he said. "I was caught up in drugs and s*** like that."
He would do his first stint in rehab at the Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu at the age of 15 before going in and out of numerous other facilities. He also tried out wilderness therapy programmes multiple times, attended an outpatient high school, and moved into several sober living homes, managing to recover his grades to get into the UCLA art program before later dropping out.
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Eventually, a stay at the Betty Ford treatment center in Hazelden, Oregon, would do the trick. Recalling the time, he told Complex why it was so effective, saying "That’s when it was on some not-flossy s***. Like, came out and was sleeping in a bunk bed with a bunch of 50-year-old meth addicts trying to recover. And that’s when I started coming up with the idea for the brand."
His brand would eventually make it big, earning fans such as Future, Travis Scott, Jared Leto, Courtney Love, Justin Bieber, and of course, Demi Lovato. It seems that he kept in touch with the latter, and when he and Lovato were spotted grabbing Sushi at a Beverly Hills restaurant last month on November 3, it fueled speculation that they were seeing one another.
However, the initial suggestion was that they were merely friends and that Levy was just helping the 26-year-old through what was a difficult time in her life. A source told E! News at the time. "He has been helping her through her recovery and has been serving as a sober companion. Demi wants to be around people who are like-minded and Henry is good energy for her. They spent a huge amount of time together, but Demi is not focused on dating."
But after the two began spending more time together, their relationship evolved, and it now seems they are dating though neither has spoken out about it.
A source told E! News that the singer isn't sure what she has herself. "She doesn't really know where it's going or question it," the source said. "She just knows she is very happy with him and wants to continue seeing him."