Brandon Johnson has been identified as the man who reportedly supplied drugs to Demi Lovato and allegedly smoked with her hours before her overdose this summer. According to TMZ, Johnson has been supplying Demi with drugs since April and he is the man Demi texted at 4:00 a.m. the morning of her overdose. The reports claim Lovato overdosed after freebasing Oxycodone that was laced with fentanyl.
Johnson is also well-known to local law enforcement.
TMZ reports that Johnson was arrested in March with a bunch of narcotics, a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun, and $10,000 in cash. After a search warrant was carried out on his home, more guns, drugs, and ammunition were discovered. He was later arrested in June on charges of DUI and cocaine possession.
6900 Block Morse St. Man arrested for possession & sales of narcotics. $10k in his pocket & Fully loaded semi-auto handgun. Additional narcotics, ammunition, high capacity gun, rifle magazines and 3 handguns one of which was stolen recovered at his residence. No injuries! #LAPD pic.twitter.com/TSwF5wgpK9
— Lillian L. Carranza🇺🇸 (@LAPDCARRANZA) March 25, 2018
Johnson allegedly left Lovato once he noticed irregular breathing and she remained alone until she was discovered by her staff.
Lovato is currently in a treatment center while she tries to get her addiction under control.
Demi Lovato’s Struggles With Addiction
In a documentary titled Simply Complicated, Lovato opened up about the severity of her addiction. She opened up turning to alcohol while trying to fit in at school, which eventually turned to the then Disney Channel star trying cocaine for the first time at 17 years old. In 2010, she admitted to a hotel party with alcohol, marijuana, and Adderall which led to tension between her and the Jonas Brothers, who she was on tour with for Camp Rock 2. She also punched a backup dancer on a plane.
Lovato then entered rehab, but still was not sober.
She admitted to sneaking drugs on planes, bathrooms, and partaking every night. At one point, she mixed cocaine and Xanax and thought she was nearly going to overdose. Lovato would always have an eight ball of coke and bag of pills on her, according to the documentary.
I started to choke a little bit and my heart started racing,” she says. “I remember thinking, Oh my god, I might be overdosing right now.”
Lovato was eventually hospitalized after locking herself in her room and beginning to take pills. After being rushed to the hospital, Lovato ingested more pills that the doctors had on them. She recalled, “I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t feel guilty, I didn’t feel embarrassed.”
After performing hungover during an appearance on American Idol in 2012, Lovato eventually got sober when her management threatened to drop her. By 19, she was a year sober and hosting X Factor. On top of the substance abuse, Lovato was suffering from an eating disorder.
In June 2018, Lovato released a song titled “Sober,” which detailed a relapse from six years of sobriety. One month later, on July 24, reports surfaced that the pop star suffered from a suspected overdose and was treated with Narcan at her home. She was transported to the hospital and was “stable, alert, and breathing.”