Demi Lovato’s troubles laid bare

By Lily Morris

Singer Demi Lovato opens up about their drug addiction and near-death experience in new documentary, Dancing with the Devil.

The official trailer for Demi Lovato’s upcoming documentary was released last week, amassing 8 million views within a week. The documentary, which is a four-part YouTube original, will go into detail about the traumas of 2018, in which the singer suffered a life-threatening heart attack and three strokes following a drug overdose.

At the age of 26, Lovato relapsed after six years of sobriety and ended up in Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, battling for their life. In a clip in the trailer, they confess: “My doctors said that I had five to ten more minutes.”

Lovato told PEOPLE magazine that even following their recovery, they have been left with brain damage as result of their ordeal. They said: “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 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… Everything had to happen in order for me to learn the lessons that I learned.”

The trailer shows Lovato, 28, along with their friends and family, talking openly and in detail about the situation, from the events leading up to their relapse, to the aftermath of the incident. The preview displays raw emotions as the singer and their loved ones reminisce on painful memories, with tearful moments and the mention of heroin.

From the material in the trailer, Lovato is likely to discuss the struggles of stardom and the consequent strain on mental health. A clip shows they’re stepfather, Eddie De La Garza, saying: “Demi’s good at making you believe that [they’re] okay.”

Elton John is also to make an appearance in the documentary, and says in a clip: “When you’re young, and you’re famous, my god it’s tough.”

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lovato discussed their motivation behind making the documentary: “We’re not gonna get role models by watching people not make mistakes. We’re going to meet and learn from our role models who have overcome their deepest darkest struggles… I wanted to set the record straight… 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.”

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil will be available to watch for free on YouTube as of 23rd March.

Update: As of 19/05/21 Demi Lovato identifies as non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns. All pronouns in this article have therefore been correctly updated.