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Lala Kent slammed Demi Lovato’s “California sober” lifestyle — in which they drink and smoke weed in moderation — as “extremely offensive.”
“I don’t like to judge, but I actually think that that’s super offensive,” the “Vanderpump Rules” star said on the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast on Monday. “There are people out there who work their ass off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state.”
Kent — who has been sober since October 2018 — added that there are people who won’t even take DayQuil or NyQuil when they have a cold.
“So to say that you’re like California sober or this type of sober is extremely offensive,” the 30-year-old reality star remarked.
Kent also declared that “California sober” is not a real thing.
“…I’ve been in rooms with men and women who have given up everything just to not pick up,” she said. “You’re not sober if you’re drinking or you’re smoking weed, you are not sober.”
Kent began to struggle with alcohol abuse after her father suddenly died in April 2018 and decided to seek help later that year after she drank for four straight days in Disney World on a family vacation with her fiancé Randall Emmett and his two young daughters.
“I swear by the program of AA,” she told Page Six in April 2019. “I know that old-timers will hate me for talking about the program because of it being an anonymous program. But there is a generation, my generation, that’s struggling and they need to know about this program. It exists and it’s saving my life.”
Meanwhile, the Lovato, who recently came out as non-binary and use they/them pronouns, revealed that they were drinking in moderation and smoking cannabis in March 2021, nearly three years after their near-fatal heroin and fentanyl overdose.
“Yeah. I think the term that I best identify with is ‘California sober,’” they said in an interview for “CBS Sunday Morning.”
“I really don’t feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people, 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.”
Lovato has struggled with addiction for years and admitted in October 2017 that they were still using drugs while promoting a “sober lifestyle” in 2012.
“I wasn’t working my program, I wasn’t ready to get sober,” they said in their documentary, “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.” “I was sneaking [cocaine] on planes, I was sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night … I went on a bender of like, two months where I was using daily.”
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