Demi Lovato's Father Refuses to Be Silenced!
Demi Lovato's biological father is intent on having his say over his daughter's recent breakdown.
Patrick Lovato, who's been largely estranged from his Disney princess spawn since his divorce from mother Dianna in 1994, has once again chimed in about the 18-year-old's troubles, despite implied warnings from Disney's lawyers telling him to back off.
Earlier this week, the elder Lovato came out of the woodwork to opine that Demi's recent admission to a rehab facility is the fault of the show-biz industry and the "pressures" that it put on young people. Shortly thereafter, Demi's attorney offered a thinly veiled statement noting,
"No one speaks for Demi except for her designated representatives. Unfortunately, several people have taken it upon themselves to speak out -- both on and off the record -- about a situation they know nothing about."
This hasn't sat too well with Patrick, who now intimates to Radar Online that his First Amendment rights are being threatened by such admonishments:
"This is the United States of America, I can talk anytime I want to."
Papa Lovato seems to have backed off of his seeming "blame Disney" stance a bit, however:
"I'm proud that she's working for Disney, I'm just concerned about the industry, not them [Disney] specifically because they have taken care of Demi. Shoot, they give her bodyguards...It's the whole industry... the pressures and the time element that you have to put forward...It's those types of things that go along with what you chose and you can't blame Disney for that."
As for his estranged relationship with his daughter, Patrick admits,
"In the last couple of years I've been out of the loop, that's for sure...That's not only their choice but it was my choice too... as I never wanted to interfere with her career...I never wanted to stand in their way because we've been away from each other from quite some time, so I didn't want them to think that now that she's a star, I wanted to get back into her life."
How very gracious of him. Do you think that Patrick needs to take a vow of silence on Demi's woes, or does he have every right to publicly speak about his daughter? Let us know in the comments section.