Demi Lovato shares she's been left with brain damage after overdose in 2018

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: (C)Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: (C)Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

In a trailer for her new documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil, singer Demi Lovato shed more light on what happened after her overdose in 2018, scarily explaining that it also caused her to suffer a heart attack and three strokes. At one point, she says, her family were told that she had just five or ten minutes to live.

Heartbreakingly, the overdose (which is reported to have involved opioids laced with fentanyl) came shortly after a six year stint of sobriety. "Any time that you suppress a part of yourself, it's gonna overflow," Demi says in the trailer, while discussing the pressures that come with being in the spotlight at such a young age. "I snapped." Later on she adds, "I had three strokes, I had a heart attack, my doctors said that I had five to ten more minutes."

According to a BBC report, Demi also revealed to reporters that she has been left with brain damage following the major health scare – the side effects include having blurred vision, which made reading a challenge and leaving her unable to drive. "I don't drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision," she said. "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."

Demi shared the documentary trailer on her Instagram account, as well as YouTube, along with the caption: "I've been holding #DemiDWTD incredibly close to my heart, and now it's time to share an inside look. This is only a short preview of what is to come... Join me on March 23 for the premiere on @Youtube 💗"

The documentary is a four-part series and is set to explore "every aspect that led to her nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath". Its YouTube description adds: "Director Michael D. Ratner is granted unprecedented access to the superstar’s personal and musical journey during the most trying time of her life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health.

"Far deeper than an inside look beyond the celebrity surface, this is an intimate portrait of addiction, and the process of healing and empowerment."

We're sending Demi our best wishes and look forward to tuning in.

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