Lala Kent opened up in a new interview about how she believes Demi Lovato‘s song “California Sober” is “extremely offensive” to those on the road to recovery.
The 30-year-old model appeared on Monday’s (July 19) episode of David Yontef’s Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, where she opened up about being sober since October 2018.
But she also discussed how she took issue with Lovato’s song “California Sober” from their most recent album Dancing With the Devil … The Art of Starting Over, which centers on the lifestyle of allowing some alcohol and marijuana while avoiding hard drugs. In Lovato’s YouTube Originals docuseries of the same name, the singer discussed at length their journey to recovery following their near-fatal overdose in 2018 and how they’ve felt immense pressure being the “poster child of sobriety.” Lovato opened up about deciding to follow the path that’s best for them, with the help of their recovery case manager Charles Cook, and allow weed and wine in their life while still avoiding hard liquor. While Lovato says in the doc that recovery is not a “one-size-fits-all solution,” Kent finds that solution to be “super offensive.”
“You know, I don’t like to judge, but I actually think that that’s super offensive,” the Vanderpump Rules star said in the podcast. “There are people out there who have worked their ass off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state. When they have a cold, they don’t even take DayQuil or NyQuil. So to say that you’re ‘California sober’ or this type of sober is extremely offensive I think.”
On the song “California Sober,” the 28-year-old artist sings about where they’re at in their recovery and how that looks different per person: “I’m California sober/ It doesn’t have to mean the growin’ part is over/ No, it ain’t black or white, it’s all of the colors.” The doc even showed a difference of opinion about the subject matter, with Sir Elton John famously saying, “Moderation doesn’t work.”
“To me, I’ve been in rooms with men and women who have given up everything just to not pick up… So sober to me means that you are not taking yourself out of reality,” Kent continues, going on to describe the idea of being “California sober” as “not a real thing. You’re not sober. If you’re drinking and smoking weed, you’re not sober.”
Listen to Kent talk about “California Sober” around the 41-minute mark here.