Dancer says she’s been bullied, depressed since Demi Lovato’s overdose

Dani Vitale, the backup dancer some fans initially blamed for Demi Lovato‘s drug overdose, is speaking out about the toll the accusations took on her life.

Vitale, 28, wrote on Instagram that the morning after celebrating her birthday with friends on July 23, she “woke up to a call needing and wanting to be there for someone.”

“While focusing completely and only on one human’s survival in every aspect, I put myself aside as we all do for those we love that need us,” she wrote. “During that time, circulation of an UNTRUE story on the Internet yanked my life, my reputation, my name and everything I have worked so hard to stand for, from underneath me.”

Calling herself an “emotional disaster over my friend, my sister, my boss, my colleague,” she emphasized: “I have NEVER touched nor even SEEN a drug in my entire life. I DO NOT DO DRUGS, nor would I ever encourage or supply them to anyone I love.”

Lovato, 25, was hospitalized on July 24 after reportedly partying with friends for Vitale’s birthday and freebasing oxycodone laced with fentanyl. She reportedly headed to rehab after staying at the hospital for 11 days.

The choreographer wrote that since news of Lovato’s overdose hit, she’s been bullied online and suffered severe depression, fear and anxiety to the point of refusing to leave her home or her bed for three weeks. She claimed to have been too anxious to even get a cup of coffee and said when she did venture out anywhere, she was often too scared to leave her car.

Vitale said she turned to dancing to cope with the aftermath.

Vitale also said last month that she wasn’t with Lovato at the time of the overdose.

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