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Demi Lovato says talking about her overdose will help people face their 'deepest, darkest struggles'


Demi Lovato hopes her new docuseries will help people realize they can overcome their ‘deepest, darkest struggles.’

The pop star is offering an intimate look into her life following her near-fatal 2018 overdose and subsequent sobriety journey via her new project, Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil.

And Lovato, 28, thinks sharing her story could inspire others to confront their demons, telling Ellen DeGeneres she wants to be a ‘role model’ to those who have made mistakes just like her. 

Facing the darkness: Demi Lovato hopes her new docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil will help people realize they can overcome their 'deepest, darkest struggles'

Facing the darkness: Demi Lovato hopes her new docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil will help people realize they can overcome their ‘deepest, darkest struggles’

‘I talk about a lot [in the docuseries],’ she said.  ‘The world has been so loving and accepting of me telling my story and just, there’s been so much love and support.’ 

‘What’s great is we live in a time when nobody’s perfect, and we’re not gonna get role models by watching people not make mistakes.’

‘We are going to meet and learn from our role models who have overcome their deepest darkest struggles,’ she went on. ‘…I wanted to show everyone — first I wanted to set the record straight.’

Demi said she wanted to correct things since ‘a lot of stories were going around that time that didn’t really know what exactly had happened’ after her overdose.

‘I just wanted to tell the world, “Hey, this is what happened, this is how I got through it, and hopefully this can help you too,”‘ she said. ‘Because this journey has been such a wild ride but I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share it with the world.’

Tough times: The pop star overdosed on an opiate back in 2018 and has been working on her sobriety since the near-death experience

Tough times: The pop star overdosed on an opiate back in 2018 and has been working on her sobriety since the near-death experience

Nobody's perfect: Lovato, 28, thinks sharing her story could inspire others to confront their demons, telling Ellen DeGeneres she wants to be a 'role model' to those who have made mistakes just like her

Nobody’s perfect: Lovato, 28, thinks sharing her story could inspire others to confront their demons, telling Ellen DeGeneres she wants to be a ‘role model’ to those who have made mistakes just like her

Last week the bombshell trailer for Demi’s new docuseries came out.

In it she shockingly revealed how her overdose gave her ‘three strokes’ and ‘a heart attack’ which left her with ‘brain damage. 

My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes,’ said Lovato stoically during a confessional for the four-parter.

Appearing to confirm that it was heroin that Lovato overdosed on, her friend says in the clip: ‘She should be dead. Are we talking about heroin? Are we doing that?’

Open book: 'I just wanted to tell the world, "Hey, this is what happened, this is how I got through it, and hopefully this can help you too,"' she said. 'Because this journey has been such a wild ride but I've learned so much and I can't wait to share it with the world'

Open book: ‘I just wanted to tell the world, “Hey, this is what happened, this is how I got through it, and hopefully this can help you too,”‘ she said. ‘Because this journey has been such a wild ride but I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share it with the world’

Trauma: Demi revealed she had 'THREE strokes, a heart attack and now has brain damage' as result of near-fatal 2018 drug overdose... in a teaser for her upcoming YouTube documentary

Trauma: Demi revealed she had ‘THREE strokes, a heart attack and now has brain damage’ as result of near-fatal 2018 drug overdose… in a teaser for her upcoming YouTube documentary

At one point, an image of Demi’s tattooed hand hooked up to an IV and covered in medical tape, as well as with a hospital band fastened around her wrist, appeared on screen.

The hospital band featured Lovato’s August 20, 1992 birthdate, as well as the date she was admitted to the hospital: ‘7/24/2018’ 

As she continued to reflect on the life changing incident and the effect it has continued to have on herself, her friends, and family, Demi compared her resiliency to that of a cat with nine lives.  

‘I’ve had a lot of lives, like my cat. You know, I’m on my ninth life,’ she stressed. ‘I’m ready to get back to doing what I love, which is making music.’ 

Overdose: On July 24, just two days before she was set to take the stage in New Jersey, Demi was transported to a Los Angeles area hospital after suffering from an opioid overdose

Overdose: On July 24, just two days before she was set to take the stage in New Jersey, Demi was transported to a Los Angeles area hospital after suffering from an opioid overdose 

While discussing the upcoming YouTube Originals series, Demi elaborated on the lingering effects her overdose has had on her mental and physical health, during a Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday.

‘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,’ admitted the Sonny With A Chance actress. 

On July 24, just two days before she was set to take the stage in New Jersey, Demi was transported to a Los Angeles area hospital after suffering from an opioid overdose.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to Rolling Stone that it had ‘responded to a medical emergency call at 11:22 a.m.’ at Lovato’s Hollywood Hills home.

A source revealed to TMZ that when paramedics arrived to Demi’s residence they headed inside where they found the star unconscious. 

Paramedics on the scene administered naloxone, which is a medication designed to treat narcotic overdose, before rushing Lovato to a nearby by hospital, as per NBC. 

Resilient: As she continued to reflect on the life changing incident and the effect it has continued to have on herself, her friends, and family, Demi compared her resiliency to that of a cat with nine lives

Resilient: As she continued to reflect on the life changing incident and the effect it has continued to have on herself, her friends, and family, Demi compared her resiliency to that of a cat with nine lives

TMZ also reported at the time that the Sonny With A Chance actress had been ‘celebrating a friend’s birthday in West Hollywood’ the night prior to her near-fatal overdose. 

Representatives for Lovato issued a statement to Variety on July 25 confirming that Demi had not succumbed to her overdose and that she was surrounded by her closest loved ones, presumably in hospital.

‘Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,’ it began.

The statement also suggested that ‘some of the information being reported [was] incorrect,’ which was a direct reference to claims suggesting that Demi had overdosed on heroin.

‘They respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.’

Demi was released from the hospital in August and went on to spend three months in a rehab facility.

Highs and lows: The nearly three-minute teaser trailer for Dancing With The Devil features scenes from Lovato's extraordinary life, including backstage footage, stage performances, and even her lowest points

Highs and lows: The nearly three-minute teaser trailer for Dancing With The Devil features scenes from Lovato’s extraordinary life, including backstage footage, stage performances, and even her lowest points

A month prior to her overdose, the Disney Channel alum released her emotional ballad Sober, which featured lyrics suggesting she had relapsed. 

In March of that year, Demi had celebrated six years of sobriety, following years of admitted alcohol and cocaine abuse.  

Demi’s four-part docuseries Dancing With The Devil promises ‘an honest look back at some of the most trying times in Lovato’s life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health.’

The documentary is from OBB Pictures, a division of Michael D. Ratner’s OBB Media, who were behind Justin Bieber: Seasons. 

In his own statement, Ratner praised Lovato’s ‘willingness to explore the darkest elements of her life’ and that her raw honestly will ‘leave the audience with a complete understanding of everything she’s been through and ultimately where she is going.’

‘Demi stands for empowerment, and this documentary is going to answer the many questions that have been out there — providing a real window into the life of one of the biggest stars in the world, who is simply a human being,’ he concluded. 

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