Demi Lovato Used to Be a 'Barney' Girl

Demi Lovato is best known for dominating pop music charts, but the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has a history in entertainment that pre-dates music videos with Jamie Foxx cameos.

The 2017 Grammy nominee got her start on the big stage at the age of 10 when she realized a dream that made her the envy of kids all over America: being on Barney.

She shared the stage with not just the Purple Dinosaur, but also with her now real-life BFF, Selena Gomez. Look at her being adorable in this throwback photo.

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There’s a purity and enthusiasm we often associate with children that we don’t with adults — which is why it’s probably jarring for many to see this photo of a happy, young Demi Lovato after the news of the apparent overdose that had her rushed to a hospital.

Lovato was resuscitated and prescribed Narcan, and is currently awake and in stable condition. Fans all over are giving tons of support to the pop star by sharing their stories of how her music helped them get through tough times of their own with the #HowDemiHasHelpedMe hashtag.

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Lovato opened up about her constant struggle with her mental health, something that she says she battled from an early age in a 2013 interview with Cosmopolitan. Yes, even when she was singing the Barney theme song with her fellow cast mates, she dealt with what she describes as overwhelming personal issues, saying that she was “suicidal” as early as age 7.

“At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling. Looking back, there was a connection, probably between any kid who’s ever sang that song to Barney, a little place in a child’s heart, a void, that could be filled. And maybe Barney fills it. Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was 7.”

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Lovato went on to say that although she was struggling as a child, everyone’s favorite Purple Dinosaur proved to be a strong figure that helped her power through.

“I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way. I’ve talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I’ve never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out.”

In 2006, Lovato pivoted from the world of light-hearted, children’s TV to dramas with roles in Prison Break and Grey’s Anatomy.

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Lovato went back to the Disney channel when she teamed up with the Jonas brothers for the Camp Rock movies.

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The films kicked off her music career and helped pave the way for her debut album, Don’t Forget to sell over half a million copies in America alone.

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Lovato’s early struggles with depression and mental health manifested themselves in more harmful ways later in life. The singer has battled with cocaine use and has reportedly abstained from using the narcotic for the past six years.

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A source close to Lovato has stated that the singer was not admitted into the hospital for abusing heroin, however, they didn’t state what drug she overdosed on. Many believe that, given her past experience with cocaine, the singer may have broken her cocaine sobriety streak.

Oftentimes those who stay away from using a drug after being addicted for some times overdose easily, as the amounts their bodies were used to taking prior to cutting the drug out were higher than what first-time users would require to get high.

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Narcan is typically a drug given to those addicted to opioids, like heroin and other painkillers. The drug makes it impossible for the individual taking it to get high off of opiates. The fact that she was administered Narcan means that Lovato more than likely overdosed on a “downer” drug, like Xanax.

Lovato’s recent hospitalization has seen not only an outpour of support, but a greater conversation on the importance of self-care and seeking help.

If you or anyone you know is suffering, have them contact one of the numbers in the tweet above to get help.

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Russians Reportedly Used Pokemon Go To Stir Controversy In The US

Remember Pokemon Go? The augmented reality game that everyone was really into during the summer of 2016? Well, according to CNN a Russian-linked campaign may have used Pokemon Go, and the Black Lives Matter movement, to influence last year’s election. 

Here’s how it worked. The Facebook page “Don’t Shoot Us,” which has since been linked to a Russian troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, asked players to go near locations of police shootings and name their Pokemon after the victim and then place that Pokemon in a Pokemon gym for everyone to see. Players who did this would then be entered in a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card. (There is no evidence of anyone winning this contest.)

As of now, it appears that the idea was that everyone seeing these names would cause conflict between those who took the side of the police and those who took the side of the deceased. 

In addition to the Pokemon Go campaign, the Facebook page also shared videos of police shootings and linked back to a website called donotshoot.us. The website was registered to “Clerk York” in Illinois. However, there is no public evidence of a Clerk York living in Illinois when the website was registered in March 2016. Additionally, the address used on the registration is for a shopping mall.

The “Don’t Shoot Us” page is one of 470 pages that Facebook has suspended for being linked the Internet Research Agency. That being said, it’s hard, if not impossible, to know how effective this Pokemon Go campaign was. One tweet in particular seems to sum up people’s feelings on this. 

Other people think the whole thing is a joke and they are making memes accordingly. 

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People Used This Clever Code Word To Order Marijuana At Burger King

I love marijuana. I’m not going to lie about it. One of my favorite things in the world at the end of a productive month where I felt like I got a lot accomplished is taking an evening to myself after working out extra hard that day, queuing up two movies I’ve really wanted to see, getting a bunch of munchies together, toking up, and just eating and watching TV.

Now I have a decent amount of self-control most times, but when I’m high, it’s like a foodapocalypse. I will eat anything and everything in sight. It’s probably the number one reason why I blaze so infrequently.

But when I do, the food I get is extra junky, there’s something about fast food and pot that go so well together.

Something these Burger King employees knew all too well and used their fast food jobs as the perfect cover up for selling weed.

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Seacoast Online reported that two workers at the Epping Burger King, Meagan Dearborn and Garrett Norris would distribute marijuana through the drive-through. People would drive up and ask if “Nasty Boy” was working, which was Garrett’s awesome nickname.

If “Nasty Boy” was indeed, working, people would place an order for “extra crispy” french fries and get a separate coffee cup with weed in it with their order.


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Norris was arrested and charged with sale of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Assistant shift manager Dearborn was also arrested after being charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs and illegal possession of alcohol (she’s 19).

They were both released on $ 2,500 bail and have arraignments scheduled on February 22nd.


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Hopefully they get a cool ass judge who recognized clever business tactics when he sees them. Oh, and it’s not like they were selling heroin, it’s not like anyone’s ever overdosed on pot. Besides, how else are you going to enjoy BK’s gross food? (h/t seacoast online)

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