Backup Dancer Being Blamed for Demi Lovato’s Alleged Overdose Speaks Out

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Demi Lovato‘s friend and backup dancer, Dani Vitale, is finally speaking out after being criticized by countless fans for causing the singer’s alleged drug overdose. While the redhead’s family came forward last week to assure everyone she’s “far from a druggie” and has no control on the 25-year-old’s partying habits, Dani released her own statement last night addressing the hate and, most importantly, wishing her friend well.

“I care about Demi just like all of you do,” she writes in a statement posted to Instagram and Twitter. “I have not said anything about this situation until now because her recovery has been of the most importance.”

She continues, “I was not with Demi when the incident happened, but I am with her now and will continue to be because she means the world to me just as she does to all of you.”

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Dani then addressed the hate she’s been getting and reminded people that “there is no need for any negativity towards the one who care about Demi at this time.”

The statement concludes, “I know you’re all feeling lost without her at this moment in time. Remember that you have always been a community of Lovatics who LOVE. Please remember that when you take out your phones and start typing. Remember that we all love her more than we can ever put into words. Please continue to send her love during recovery.”

While D.Lo’s mom and younger sister liked Dani’s statement on Instagram, many Lovatics aren’t as willing to move on from their conclusion that she enabled the alleged relapse.