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Demi Lovato reveals she was ‘minutes from death’ after 2018 overdose

‘My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes,’ the singer says in a new trailer for her four-part documentary

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Thursday 18 February 2021 08:14 GMT
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil trailer
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Demi Lovato has revealed painful new details surrounding her 2018 overdose in a new trailer for her four-part documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, which is set to premiere on YouTube on 23 March.

“I had three strokes,” she said in the trailer. "I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes.”

“I crossed a line that I had never crossed,” she added.

Meanwhile, her friend actor Matthew Scott Montgomery, who is also interviewed for the documentary, says: “Are we talking about heroin? Are we doing that?”

Speaking to the Associated Press, the singer described the lasting effects her overdose has had on her physical health. “I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today,” she said.

“I don’t drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision. For a long time, I had a really hard time reading. It was a big deal when I was able to read a book, which was like two months later, because my vision was so blurry.”

In the trailer, Lovato goes into her decision to talk about her overdose in such graphic detail. “I've had so much to say over the past two years wanting to set the record straight about what it was that happened,” she continues in the trailer, adding, "I've had a lot of lives. Like my cat, you know? I'm on my ninth life.”

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long been open about her struggles with sobriety and mental health. In July 2018, she was rushed to the hospital after suffering “complications” from a reported overdose.

“My purpose in putting this out is to help people who have been on the same path as I have,” she said to the AP. “I wanted to set the record straight, and I wanted to reveal it all for my fans.”

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