Demi Lovato has revealed the tragic effects of her 2018 drug overdose which she claims had nearly left her for dead.
The singer has gone into detail about the after-effects in a teaser for her upcoming Youtube documentary, Dancing with the Devil. The series premieres on March 23. She revealed in the teaser that she had three strokes and a heart attack. The singer further revealed how her doctors said that she had five to ten more minutes.
She revealed the information during a confessional for her four-part series. The pop star also seemingly confirmed that it was heroin that she overdosed on. In the teaser clip, her friends say, “She should be dead. Are we talking about heroin? Are we doing that?”
At one point in the teaser, an image of Demi’s tattooed hand was seen hooked up to an IV. It was covered in medical tape and had a hospital band fastened around her wrist. The band featured Demi’s August 20, 1992 birthdate. It also included the date when she was admitted to the hospital which was 24th July 2018.
The singer reflected upon her life-changing incident and the effect it has continued to have on herself, her friends, and her family. Demi compared her resilience to that of a cat with nine lives. She said, “I’ve had a lot of lives, like my cat. You know, I’m on my ninth life,’ she stressed. ‘I’m ready to get back to doing what I love, which is making music.”
“I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today”
The actress-turned-singer discussed the upcoming Youtube documentary series during a Television Critics Association panel. She described the effects her overdose has had on her mental health as well as her physical health. The singer shared that she was left with brain damage and that she still deals with the effects.
Demi said, “I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today. I don’t drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision.” She also added that she had a really hard time reading for a long time. The singer described it as a really big deal when she was able to read out of a book. She revealed how she could do that after two months of blurry vision.
The I Love Me singer said, “I’ve dealt with the repercussions, and they’re there to remind me what could happen if I get into a dark place again. I’m grateful for these reminders.” The three-minute teaser trailer also features scenes from her life including backstage footage, stage performances as well as intimate interviews with her closest confidants.
While talking about her overdose, she shared how she crossed a line that she had never crossed. There are also cameos from her friends, her mother, Dianna De La Garza, her stepfather, and sisters. The trailer also includes images of Demi from her days of childhood stardom and her successful career. It leads up to all the months leading to her overdose that nearly left her dead.
Fans will also get a peek into Demi’s love life as her ill-fated July 2020 engagement to Max Ehrich and possibly their split. In one of her confessionals, Demi flashes her engagement ring at the camera as she exclaimed, “I’m engaged!”
“It’s been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life…”
There will also be appearances from Elton John and Christina Aguilera who have been friends with Demi over the years. They will also be providing their insight on Demi’s growth and an unrelenting drive to overcome her demons. “It’s been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life, and now I’m ready to share my story with the world,” said Lovato in a press release regarding Dancing With The Devil, when it was announced.
Demi added how for the first time fans will be able to see her chronicle of struggle and her ongoing healing from her point of view. She further added that she is grateful that she was able to take this journey to face her past. The final two episodes of Dancing With The Devil will be released weekly on each of the next two Tuesdays,’ according to Rolling Stone.
The director, Michael D. Ratner explained how filming for Dancing with the Devil started during Demi’s Tell Me You Love Me World Tour. It came to an abrupt end due to her drug overdose in July. The director praised Demi’s willingness to explore the darkest elements of her life.
He shared that her honesty will leave the audience with a complete understanding of what she has been going through. “Demi stands for empowerment, and this documentary is going to answer the many questions that have been out there — providing a real window into the life of one of the biggest stars in the world, who is simply a human being,” he concluded.