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'Vanderpump Rules' star Lala Kent says she finds Demi Lovato's 'California sober' lifestyle 'super offensive'

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Lala Kent on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," and Demi Lovato on a red carpet. Bravo and Getty Images
  • Lala Kent appeared on the "Behind the Velvet Rope" podcast on Monday.

  • The reality star said she finds the term Demi Lovato uses, "California sober," to be offensive.

  • "If you're drinking and smoking weed, you're not sober," Kent, who is sober herself, said.

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"Vanderpump Rules" star Lala Kent shared her thoughts on Demi Lovato's "California Sober" approach to sobriety - saying she finds it "super offensive" as someone who has gotten sober.

The 30-year-old reality star appeared on the "Behind the Velvet Rope" podcast, hosted by David Yontef, on Monday. Kent shared her own experience with getting sober in 2018 after struggling with addiction following the passing of her father.

"I just watched the Demi Lovato documentary, where [they] say [they're] 'California Sober,' like [they] won't do hard drugs - but [they'll] drink and smoke pot," Yontef said. "And I'm not judging, I'm just saying do you think stuff like that works? Or is it just different for everybody?"

"I don't like to judge, but I actually think that that's super offensive," Kent said.

After discussing how she has met a lot of people who work hard to never "place themselves in an altered state," Kent said: "Sober, to me, means you are not taking yourself out of reality."

Lovato, who survived a near-death overdose in 2018, said in an interview earlier this year that the term they best identify with now is "California sober." It's a term that often refers to people who abstain from alcohol and most drugs but still consume marijuana.

As Insider reported, Lovato revealed that they "mixed meth, molly, cocaine, marijuana, and Oxycontin the very first night they relapsed in 2018." Lovato told CBS that they're still drinking and smoking a little bit of weed, but doesn't consider that approach a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

"I really don't feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people because I don't want anyone to look at my parameters of safety and think that's what works for them, because it might not," Lovato said on the "CBS Sunday Morning" show.

On Yontef's podcast, Kent said that she thinks being "California sober" is "not a real thing."

"If you are drinking or you're smoking weed, you're not sober," Kent said.

Kent published a book in May, titled "Give Them Lala," becoming a national bestselling author. The reality star is currently filming season nine of "Vanderpump Rules."

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