TO BE SOBER…OR NOT TO BE SOBER –
July 19, 2021 – Lala Kent slammed Demi Lovato’s “California sober” lifestyle — whose adherents 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 David Yontef’s “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast 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. Meanwhile, 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.