Demi Lovato: I Have Brain Damage From 2018 Overdose

Singer reveals details of OD for the first time in new docuseries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2021 1:36 AM CST
Demi Lovato: I Have Brain Damage From 2018 Overdose
Demi Lovato performs the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 2, 2020.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Demi Lovato’s drug overdose in 2018 resulted in the singer having three strokes and a heart attack, leaving her with physical limitations that still affect her. Lovato reveals publicly for the first time details about the near-fatal incident in Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, a four-part docuseries debuting March 23 on YouTube Originals, the AP reports. In the trailer, Lovato says doctors told her family she had five to 10 minutes to live. “I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today,” she said in a video call on Wednesday. “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.”

Lovato said the lasting repercussions “are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again.” The 28-year-old singer has been working since age 10, when she appeared on the TV series Barney & Friends. She went to rehab for the first time at 18, after struggling with bipolar disorder, anorexia, and bullying. Lovato has shared her private struggles before, in a 2012 MTV documentary and in a 2017 YouTube doc in which she said she was still dealing with alcohol and cocaine addictions after undergoing further rehab. She said speaking publicly on those programs provided her with the accountability that kept her sober for six years until her relapse in 2018. “My purpose in putting this out is to help people who have been on the same path as I have,” she said. “I wanted to set the record straight, and I wanted to reveal it all for my fans.”

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