Drake Bell lends support to Demi Lovato: 'This is a really rough business' (exclusive)

Drake Bell has Demi Lovato in his thoughts.

The 32-year-old former child star understands the pressures of the entertainment industry and spoke with ET’s Nischelle Turner at the Los Angeles premiere of The Spy Who Dumped Me on Wednesday about his own experiences with fame while also showing his support for Lovato.

On Tuesday, Lovato was hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose, sources told ET. The 25-year-old singer-actress has been very open in the past about her struggles with substance abuse and mental health.

“I just hope that she stays strong,” Bell told ET. “This is a really rough business. I mean, it’s not just in this industry, just life in general."

The former Drake and Josh star continued, "Everybody around the country and around the world goes through some form of depression or sadness in their life and yeah, I just think that it’s really important when you hear somebody say something and you think that it’s just off the cuff or, ‘Oh, they’re never really going to do that,’ or that will never happen. Really listen to your friends and listen to when someone’s reaching out and they’re asking for help.”

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Bell admitted that he was never close with Lovato since she started in Disney and he started in Nickelodeon, but noted he had an understanding of the struggles young stars face growing up in the industry.

“I think, especially nowadays with social media where it’s a constant barrage and it’s in your face all the time, whereas back in the day you would have to go pick up a tabloid to see something about yourself,” he explained. “Now you just wake up in the morning and as you’re laying in bed you can scroll through the trolls.”

In addition to Bell, many stars have showed support for Lovato in the wake of her hospitalization. On Tuesday, her rep released a statement, saying, “Demi is awake with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support. Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

The Spy Who Dumped Me hits theaters on Aug. 3.

 

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CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM - Disney Channel's 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' stars Joe Jonas as Shane and Demi Lovato as Mitchie. (Photo by Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel via Getty Images)
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- AUGUST 18: (L-R) Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas attend Disney Channel Hosts 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by RICHARD KOEK/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Singers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato (R) arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, August 28, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MTV-ARRIVALS)
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NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS - PREMIUM RATES APPLY) Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas attend Demi Lovato's 18th birthday party at Buddakan on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Full Picture)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Musicians Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas attend the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Recording artists Nick Jonas (L) and Demi Lovato perform onstage during KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Singer Demi Lovato, Olivia Culpo and singer Nick Jonas attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Wilmer Valderrama, Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas attend the Moet & Chandon AMA After Party with Jennifer Lopez at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on November 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 10/26/15, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato hand out sweet treats and tickets to Demi Lovato's sold out show for Marriott Rewards Members in Los Angeles next week at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Singers Nick Jonas (L) and Demi Lovato during 'Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees' on February 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Recording artists Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF17/WireImage)
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