Madison De La Garza is opening up about her sister, Demi Lovato, three months after her near-fatal overdose. The 16-year-old was a guest star on “Millennial Hollywood with Dakota T. Jones” and revealed how Demi is doing in rehab and how her family is processing it all.
“Demi’s doing, she’s doing really well,” the teen revealed on the show. “She’s working really hard on her sobriety and we’re all so incredibly proud of her.”
She added that it hasn’t been an easy journey for her family, though. “It’s been crazy for our family. It’s been a lot,” she said. “Um but we’ve been through a lot together and every single time, I mean if you read my mom’s book you would know,… Every time we go through something, we always come out on the other side a hundred times stronger than before. And so we’ve just been um we’ve been so thankful for everything. For the little things.”
On Monday, Aug. 20, Maddie broke her silence on her big sister’s apparent overdose to wish her a happy birthday and thank God for saving her life. “Today could have been one of the worst days of my life, but instead I get to spend it thanking God, the incredible doctors, Demi’s team, and everyone across the world who offered their support — without all of these people I wouldn’t have my big sister anymore,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram post.
“I’ve been thinking about how I wish that everyone could see the silly little things that she does, like how her nostrils move when she says certain words and when she brushes her hair behind my ear when I’m trying to sleep, because those are the things I’m thankful for today,” Madison continued. “They seem so small, but those little things make up my sister — not a singer, not a celebrity, and definitely not what she’s been described as in the media — she’s a daughter, a friend, and my big sister… and I am so, so thankful that I can tell her happy birthday.”
Madison — who is best known for her role as Eva Longoria‘s daughter, Juanita Solis, on Desperate Housewives — concluded the interview with the one thing she can’t wait to do with her big sis once she’s out of treatment: “I guess I’m really excited to… I mean there’s so many little things. It sounds so small, but go to Menchie’s… Honestly, I’m more of a Pinkberry person, but she likes Menchie’s and so we like we usually go there.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).