Demi Lovato Opens Up About Having a Heart Attack and 3 Strokes After Her Near-Fatal Overdose

Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Rich Polk/E! Entertainment - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Polk/E! Entertainment - Getty Images

From Women's Health

Trigger Warning: This article contains subject matter that some readers may find upsetting, including quotes about an overdose. Please proceed with caution.

Demi Lovato is in a better place these days, but back in 2018, things were different. In July of that year, Demi suffered an overdose that left her fighting for her life. Since then, Demi has been telling the story of events that led up to that day in bits and pieces, which has culminated in the trailer release of her upcoming YouTube documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, which comes out March 23.

In the trailer, Demi discusses why she wanted to do another documentary about her life. 'I had so much to say over the past two years, wanting to set the record straight about what it was that happened,' she shared.'Any time that you suppress a part of yourself, it's gonna overflow.'

Leading up to the overdose, Demi said she 'crossed a line that I had never crossed before...I snapped.' She was told that she wasn't going to survive the overdose by the people who were treating her. 'I had three strokes. I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes [to live],' she said.

During a virtual TCA press tour, Demi also revealed that her near-fatal overdose left her with permanent brain damage. 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. Reading was a big deal when I was able to read out of a book, which was two months later because my vision was so blurry, I dealt with a lot of the repercussions and I think they are kind of still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again. I'm grateful for those reminders but I'm so grateful that I'm someone who didn't have to do a lot of rehabbing. The rehabbing came in the emotional side and the therapeutic side internally. I did a lot of work after that, just not physical.'

The reason for Demi releasing this documentary is rather simple—she wants her fans to hear the real story from her and help people from falling into a similar situations: 'If it helps you, then I hope that it can because that was ultimately my purpose in putting this out was to be able to help people who have been on the same path as I have.'

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