Demi Lovato Says She Suffered Brain Damage After Near-Fatal Overdose in 2018
Demi Lovato has explained how she suffered a brain damage, three strokes and one heart attack in her new docu-series titled “Dancing With The Devil”.
The singer bares it all in her new docu-series. She premiered the trailer for her upcoming YouTube Originals docuseries, Dancing With the Devil, at the Television Critics Association’s 2021 winter press tour Wednesday (Feb. 17).
In the teaser, the star shares that as a result of her near-fatal July 2018 overdose, she suffered three strokes and a heart attack. But that wasn’t all. Speaking with reporters after unveiling the trailer, Lovato said that the experience impacted her health in other ways.
“I was left with brain damage and I still deal with the effects of that today,” she shared. “I don’t drive a car because of blind spots in my vision … I had trouble reading.”
“I dealt with a lot of repercussions,” she added. “They’re still there to remind me what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again. I’m grateful for those reminders.”
The artist and mental health advocate added that though she did rehab afterward, she “didn’t have to do a lot” of it. “The rehabbing came on the emotional side and the therapeutic side,” she explained. “I did a lot of work after that, just not physical.”
And while there are still lasting physical effects from the overdose, Lovato — who has also signed on to star in NBC comedy Hungry — says she wouldn’t change a thing about what happened to her.
“It was a painful journey and I look back, and sometimes I get sad when I think about the pain I had to endure, but I don’t regret anything,” she told reporters. “I’m so proud of the person I am today.”
She also wants her story to help others. “I wanted to reveal it all for my fans and say, ‘This is who I am, and this is where I am today. If it helps you, then I hope that it can,'” Lovato shared. “That was ultimately my purpose in putting this [documentary] out.”