Demi Lovato has opened up about her 2018 overdose in a candid interview ahead of the release of her documentary, Dancing With The Devil.
In the trailer for the documentary, which is set to hit YouTube next month, Demi Lovato delved into the overdose that almost killed her — a lethal cocktail of oxycodone and fentanyl.
The overdose took place mere weeks after she released her song ‘Sober’, a track that acknowledged her relapse after being alcohol and drug-free for six years. “I had three strokes. I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes,” she revealed.
Following the incident, Lovato was hospitalised for two weeks and proceeded to undertake a journey of recovery in rehab. The singer admits that she has experienced serious physical repercussions from the overdose. “I was left with brain damage,” she says.
“I still deal with the effects of that today. I don’t drive a car because there are blind spots in my vision. I also for a long time had a really hard time reading.
“I feel like they kind of are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again.”
She continued, “I’m grateful for those reminders, but also I’m so grateful that I was someone who didn’t have to do a lot of rehabbing. The rehabbing came on the emotional side and the therapeutic side, internally. I did a lot of work after that—just not physically.”
Lovato has previously been outspoken about her ongoing battle with addiction in the media. This documentary is her way of communicating her story with fans. “For the past couple of years, I’ve heard a lot of stories about my life and what people think has happened. I wanted to set the record straight and reveal it all for my fans,” she adds.
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil is set for release on Tuesday, March 23rd. Watch the trailer below.