“I had three strokes. I had a heart attack. My doctors said I had five to 10 more minutes [to live]. ”
Demi Lovato reveals that her near-fatal drug overdose was far more serious than fans knew in a trailer for her upcoming four-part YouTube documentary series, “Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil.”
The 28-year-old pop star said she hopes to “set the record straight” about what really happened when she was hospitalized for a heroin overdose in 2018.
“Over the past two years, I’ve heard a lot of stories about my life and what people think has happened, and I wanted to set the record straight,” Lovato says in the teaser. “If you can help him, I hope you can. Ultimately, that was my purpose in posting this: to help people on this path. “
Recalling her overdose on July 24, 2018, Lovato says she “broke down” despite her enormous success at the time, with two songs topping the charts and just being nominated for a Grammy.
“Demi is good at making you think she’s okay,” says her stepfather, Eddie De La Garza. “Demi is very good at hiding what she needs to hide,” joins her sister Madison De La Garza.
“She should be dead,” adds a friend.
The trailer, which shares a snippet from his upcoming song “Dancing With the Devil,” debuted on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter 2021 press tour. The series will apparently leave no stone unturned, as Lovato even talks about her now-failed engagement to Max Ehrich, showing off her diamond ring before the next scene shows her scowling and ringless.
“I don’t even know why I’m sober anymore,” she declares at one point later in the trailer, adding that she’s “really struggling” while recovering.
Lovato also revealed that the OD left her with brain damage, according to Billboard, and that she is unable to drive due to blind spots in her vision. He also had to relearn to read after suffering severe eye damage.
“I was left with brain damage, and I’m still dealing with the effects of that today,” he said at the TCA event. “I don’t drive a car due to blind spots in my vision … I had a lot of trouble reading.”
“I’ve had many lives, like my cat, you know?” Lovato said. “I am in my ninth life.”
“Dancing With the Devil,” which will open the SXSW 2021 film festival in March, will premiere on YouTube on March 23.