Demi Lovato is getting roasted — and no, we’re not talking about her vacation tan.
Social media is having a field day dragging the “Stone Cold” singer after she promoted a detox tea on her Instagram. Nestled in a flurry of bikini selfies taken from her latest tropical getaway, the clearly “#sponsored” post features Lovato crediting Teami Blends for helping her get ready for swimsuit season.
While this tactic is nothing new for the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, Lovato — who has previously been very outspoken about body acceptance — is getting major backlash over the subtle ad. Many fans claim the former Disney Channel star is endorsing what is considered a weight loss product under the guise of body positivity and self-love.
“This year is all about #selflove truly taking care of myself and exercising has changed everything for me. @teamiblends has #sponsored my 30 day detox challenge to help get rid of toxins and my bloating for summer,” Lovato writes alongside a bikini snap. “I’m on Day 7 right now and it’s so easy! I just drink their tea every single day in my favorite purple tumbler. I love taking it to shoots and the studio with me.”
Though Lovato only mentions drinking the tea as a way to “detox” her body, people were still not having it.
Demi Lovato out here legit bullying us about eating disorders then posts herself promoting laxative tea…….GURL
— Andrea Mendes (@AndreaMendes) April 25, 2017
Demi Lovato is on IG promoting a weight loss tea. Really?!
— Nessa (@vanessago_89) April 25, 2017
That shit is literally just herbal laxative, and she is promoting it to her fans, a lot of whom have mental illness, including EDs?
— Valhalla-back Girl (@_GloomyBucky) April 25, 2017
DEMi LOVATO iS SO FUNNY PROMOTiNG FUCKiNG FiT TEA ON iNSTA WHO THE F U CK iS SHE AN iG MODEL NOW
— casper the ghost (@thekissIand) April 25, 2017
Demi lovato is getting dragged because of the post about the tea. pic.twitter.com/fBBjHT0VLi
— Ariana FENTY (@ArianaFenties) April 25, 2017
“How has detox tea something to do with self love and eating disorder recover,” one Instagram user writes in the comments of Lovato’s picture. “I used to look up to you, but this is the lowest point ever.”
Lovato previously admitted herself into rehab to seek treatment for an eating disorder and problems with self-harm. In 2014, she even blasted fellow songstress Meghan Trainor for making light of anorexia, tweeting, “Having an eating disorder doesn’t show ‘strength.’ Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long.”
“Starving is not a ‘diet’ and throwing up isn’t something that only extremely thin men or women do. Eating disorders do not discriminate,” she wrote at the time. “So please, let’s be cautious of the words we use when discussing ED’s and other mental illnesses.”