Pop stars and celebrities’ struggle with drug abuse and alcoholism is not new. But the problems begin when they refuse to acknowledge it and don’t take remedial measures.
Demi Lovato is brave enough admit in her latest track ‘Sober’ that she is no longer sober and in the song, she apologises to her mother, father, and fans for relapsing after six years of sobriety.
Lovato, who at age 18, checked into rehab to seek treatment for substance abuse, depression, and bulimia, is quite open about her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
In 2017 she told People magazine: “Surrendering is the most important thing whenever you’re trying to battle your demons. “You have to admit that you have a problem first, and then you can overcome them.”
Same was with Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and et al.
The pressures of stardom put them on a path of self-destruction and people around them instead of stopping them made it their USP. Jim Morrison’s drunken antics and brawls on stage added to his stardom while Amy Winehouse’s song ‘Rebab’, in which she talks about saying no to rehab, got universal acclaim with The Rolling Stone ranking it among top 500 songs of all time while the Billboard called the track “a better buzz than a double-gin martini”.
Russell Brand, a former drug addict, and friend of Amy, put the blame on media-voracious culture. But it’s the family and people around them, who used them as cash machines not bothering that one day this cash flow will stop forever.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, who was married to Michael Jackson for a brief period, mentioned in one of the interviews that what she saw at Neverland was a déjà vu because as a child she had seen father self-destruct himself and people around him never tried to stop him. In fact, if anyone tried to stop he or she was shunted out. She blamed her divorce from Jackson on his associates.
Nick Shymansky, Amy’s one-time manager, blames her death on her father. In the documentary Amy by Asif Kapadia, Shymansky says: “’Rehab’ was the fatal turning point. It was the moment Amy was propelled to a fame she had no clue how to navigate. And it was about the moment that Amy was lost. If Amy had gone to rehab, if her father hadn’t said she was fine, they might have saved her.”
Alice Jones has right said in The Independent: “Winehouse died at 27, like , Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain before her. They have all had documentaries made about them, too. For an industry so grievously familiar with premature death, the music business has yet to pay any serious attention to preventing it, to recognising the fragility of its talents.”