Demi Lovato Suffered 3 Strokes & A Heart Attack After An Overdose, Has No Regrets

Demi Lovato Suffered 3 Strokes & A Heart Attack After An Overdose, Has No Regrets

Demi Lovato's documentary "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil" focuses on her life after the incident.

Demi Lovato opened up about her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018 in a documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil. The trailer that was released on Youtube showcased Lovato's ordeal after the incident, according to People. She stated that the overdose resulted in three strokes and a heart attack in the hospital.

In a talk alongside the documentary's director Michael D. Ratner at the documentary's Television Critics Association panel, the 28-year-old singer disclosed the emotional and physical effect that was an aftermath of the overdose. 


"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 on my vision. And I also for a long time had a really hard time reading. It was a big deal when I was able to read out of a book, which was like two months later because my vision was so blurry," said the singer. 

While the after-effects were frightening and tormenting, Lovato believes they serve as a self-reminder of how life could be if she slipped back into her old habits. "I dealt with a lot of the repercussions and I feel like they are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again," said the singer. She added, "I'm grateful for those reminders, but I'm so grateful that I was someone that didn't have to do a lot of rehabbing. The rehabbing came on the emotional side."


Looking back at the tough journey she had to navigate, Lovato says it taught her many things in life. "Everything had to happen in order for me to learn the lessons that I learned. It was a painful journey, and I look back and sometimes I get sad when I think of the pain that I had to endure to overcome what I have, but I don't regret anything," said Lovato. 

The documentary also features family members of the singer including her mother and step-father and sister. The singer who is extremely proud of the place she is currently in,  believes that her tough days contributed to her change and growth. "That's a huge reason as to why I'm doing this, but I think that I was just so proud of the growth that I experienced and something inside of me was really excited to share that with people," said Lovato. 


Having found her balance, the singer is focused on making music that resonates with people.  "I'm an artist that cares a lot about her community — and my community is the entire planet — so I just I'm always striving to help. I think that my work is going to only benefit now that I've learned so much about myself," said the singer. 


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