Demi Lovato suffered 'three strokes' in harrowing overdose ordeal

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
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Demi Lovato has opened up about the overdose that nearly killed her in July 2018, revealing she actually suffered three strokes and a heart attack as a result.

Speaking in the new trailer for her YouTube documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, the 28-year-old singer revealed: "My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes."

Demi Lovato talks about her 2018 overdose. (Photo: Rich Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Demi Lovato talks about her 2018 overdose. (Photo: Rich Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

The four-part series, which debuts in the US on March 23, will feature interviews not only with Demi, but with friends such as Elton John and Christina Aguilera, and family members about what happened and its aftermath.

The overdose occurred at Demi's Los Angeles home on July 24, 2018. Police responded to a 911 call about a medical emergency, and they revived Demi with Narcan, which is used to treat narcotics overdoses, before taking her to nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

She spent two weeks there before moving to an in-patient rehab centre. The incident happened a month after Demi revealed in her song "Sober" that she had relapsed after having maintained her sobriety for six years. She's spoken before in interviews, songs and other documentaries about having struggled with addiction since her teen years.

Two weeks after her reported overdose, Demi made a statement about her “journey with addiction”. Taking to Instagram to thank her family, friends and fans for all their “love and support”.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” she wrote at the time. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.”

Speaking to reporters about the documentary, Demi said that coming back from it was tough.

"I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today," she told People

"I don't drive a car, because I have blind spots on 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."

Despite her struggles though Demi says she's ready to return to the studio.

"I've had a lot of lives, like my cat, you know. I'm on my ninth life," she said. "I'm ready to get back to doing what I love, which is making music. I'm not living my life for other people or their headlines or their Twitter comments."

Additional reporting by Raechal Shewfelt.

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