Demi Lovato's Blues: Singer Reveals Struggles After Near-Fatal OD

Demi Lovato today (left) and smoking heroin in 2018 (right, image via YouTube).

Demi Lovato's 2018 drug overdose is in the news again. The first two episodes of Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, released March 23 on YouTube, go into great detail about what happened on the night of July 24, 2018 at her home in Los Angeles.

Jordan Jackson, Lovato's assistant, found her unresponsive in bed the next morning. The pop singer had overdosed on heroin and Fentayl-laced OxyContin. Also smoking crack and meth at the time, Lovato was on a full-on bender.

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"Past traumas came to a head that night," Lovato explains, referring to her deceased father who had abused her. Also, that night, she says her dealer raped her.

Lucky to have survived, Lovato has had a tough road back. She suffered three strokes and a heart attack, and has brain damage and vision problems that prevent her from driving. 

But she was able to resume performing in 2020 and has an album Dancing with the Devil: The Art of Starting Over ready for an April 2 release. Call it a comeback.

The final episodes (avaialble on March 30 and April 6) will likely deal with, among other things, Lovato's recent statement that she is currently "California sober," which allows for alcohol and cannabis products.

Lovato got her start as as teenage actor on Disney shows like Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. She was signed as a recording artist and started releasing albums in 2008. Her six albums have all reached the Top 10. Lovato's  highest-charting singles are "This Is Me" (No. 9, 2008 with Joe Jonas), "Sorry Not Sorry" (No. 8, 2017), "Heart Attack" (No. 10, 2013), "Skyscraper" (No. 10, 2011) and "Cool for the Summer" (No. 11, 2013).

Watch Episodes 1 and 2 below. 


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Steve Bloom

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