American songstress, Demi Lovato has opened up on her struggle with depression and overcoming drug addiction.
Demi Lovato revealed that she suffered three strokes and a heart attack following her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018.
The 28-year-old US pop star who was taken to hospital after she was found unconscious at her home in Los Angeles, opened up about her 2018 drug overdose for the first time in the trailer of a new documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil; which was premiered on YouTube on Wednesday, February 17.
Watch the trailer of the documentary below.
The trailer gives the first look into what the 28-year-old songstress faced after being hospitalized. Alongside the documentary’s director Michael D. Ratner at the documentary’s Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday, Lovato talked more about the effects the overdose had on her body physically and on her life, emotionally.
She revealed that she was still living with the effects of the overdose, including brain damage and blind spots in her vision which prevent her from driving.
“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 in 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.
“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.
“I’m grateful for those reminders, but I’m so grateful that I was someone that didn’t have to do a lot of rehabs.
The rehabbing came on the emotional side.”
Lovato was a child actor on Barney and Friends, but found wider fame on the Disney Channel as a teenager. She starred in its hugely popular Camp Rock film series and then launched a successful solo music career.
She has released six studio albums and has also appeared as a judge on the US version of the X-Factor.
Dancing With The Devil is due to be released on YouTube on 23 March.