LOS ANGELES (AP) – Demi Lovato’s drug overdose in 2018 caused the singer to have three strokes and a heart attack, leaving her with physical limitations that still affect her.
Lovato first publicly reveals details about the near-fatal incident in “Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil,” a four-part docuserie that debuts March 23 on YouTube Originals. In the trailer, Lovato says that doctors told her family that she had five to ten minutes to live.
“I was left with brain damage, and I’m still dealing with the effects of that today,” he said in a video call Wednesday. “I don’t drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision. For a long time, I had a hard time reading. It was a big problem when I was able to read a book, which was like two months later, because my vision was so blurry. “
Lovato said the lasting repercussions “are still there to remind me of what might happen if I ever go back into a dark place.”
The 28-year-old singer, who sported pink hair on the call, has been working since she was 10, when she appeared on the television series “Barney & Friends.” He went to rehab for the first time at 18, after battling bipolar disorder, anorexia, and bullying.
Lovato has shared her private struggles before, in a 2012 MTV documentary and a 2017 YouTube doc in which she said she was still dealing with alcohol and cocaine addictions after undergoing further rehab. She said that speaking publicly about those shows provided her with the responsibility that kept her sober for six years until her relapse in 2018.
“My purpose in posting this is to help people who have been on the same path as me,” he said. “I wanted to make things clear and I wanted to reveal everything to my fans.”
Lovato’s family, as well as Elton John and Christina Aguilera, are among those interviewed in the document who was shot for a year. In the third segment, Lovato talks about past trauma from her life.
Lovato does not relate to artists who claim that they are more creative when they are in a dark place or on drugs. “I feel like the best job I do is when I’m present and aware of what’s going on in my life,” he said. “That’s when the truth flows from me. As long as I continue to speak my truth, I will make music that resonates with people. “
Lovato relaunched her singing career at last year’s Grammy Awards and sang the national anthem at the 2020 Super Bowl before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Last month, Lovato sang on a television special marking the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Despite her near death experience, Lovato would not change what happened to her. “Everything had to happen so that I could learn the lessons that I learned,” he said. “I look back and sometimes I get sad when I think of the pain I had to endure to get over what I have. I am very proud of the person I am today. One of the main reasons I show up is to never have to live that life again. “
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