American singer and songwriter Demi Lovato has revealed that she suffered multiple strokes and a heart attack following her near fatal drug overdose in 2018.
The celebrated entertainer who also doubles up as an actress, has also revealed that she was left with brain damage and still deals with the effects two years on.
Speaking exclusively in a new four-part YouTube documentary dubbed Dancing with the Devil, the 28-year-old also revealed that she does not drive a car due to blind spots in her vision.
“I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today. I don’t drive a car because there are blind spots in my vision. 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,” she said.
“I feel like they kind of are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again,” the singer said.
In July of 2018, Lovato was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital due to an overdose.
Later that year, TMZ confirmed that Lovato had overdosed on Oxycodone.. The entertainment website also revealed that the Oxycodone that Lovato had used, had been laced with Fentanyl, the same drug that killed music icon Prince and rapper Lil Peep.
The entertainer had in the past been vocal about her addiction to drugs and alcohol.
In 2017, Lovato said that despite promoting a sober lifestyle five years prior, she was still using drugs. “I wasn’t working my program, I was not ready to get sober. I was sneaking cocaine on planes, I was sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night….,” Page Six quoted her.
Commenting on the trailer, YouTube termed the documentary as “an intimate portrait of addiction” and “the process of healing and empowerment.”
“I’ve had a lot of lives. I’m like a cat, you know? I’m on my ninth life,” the two-time Grammy Nominee said in the trailer.
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil premiers on YouTube on March 23rd.
Author: Margaret Njuguna