Demi lovatoThe lifestyle is changing.
The singer, who uses they / them pronouns, announced that they are no longer “California Sober.” Instead, they are now legitimately sober.
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On December 2, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer posted a message on Instagram, saying, “I no longer support my ‘sober California’ ways. Sober sober is the only way to be.”
“Sober California” was a lifestyle that allowed moderate alcohol and marijuana use. It is unknown why Demi decided to change her ways.
For a time, Demi often praised the “sober California” lifestyle and was not ashamed of her marijuana use. They even released a song called “California Sober”.
The lifestyle is not without its detractors or people who simply roll their eyes at the gray area of sobriety.
In July, “Vanderpump Rules” alum Lala Kent, who has been sober since 2018, called the stance “super offensive.”
“You know, there are people who work to the end to never get out of reality and never to put themselves in an altered state,” he said on the Behind The Velvet Rope podcast. “You know, not even when they have a cold, they take DayQuil or NyQuil. So to say that you’re, like, ‘California sober’ or this kind of sober is extremely offensive, I think.”
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Demi’s battle with substance abuse is well documented. In 2018, they survived a near-death overdose and went to rehab.
In March 2021, chatting with CBS News, Demi said they “better identified” with “sober California.”
“I really don’t feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people, because I don’t want anyone to look at my safety parameters and think that’s what works for them, because it might not,” they said. “I am cautious in saying that, just as I feel that the total abstinence method is not a one-size-fits-all solution, I don’t think this moderation journey is the same for all solution for all.”