Demi Lovato Reveals She Has Brain Damage After 2018 Overdose

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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Demi Lovato is finally ready to discuss her 2018 relapse and overdose. At the Television Critics Association panel, YouTube premiered a trailer for her documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil.

The trailer gives a look into what the singer / actress faced after being hospitalized for an overdose. Over the years, Lovato has been very open about her struggles with bulimia, depression and drug addiction. For the past few years, Lovato has largely turned away from talking about that time in her life, but got candid during the panel and revealed many of her struggles since the overdose, which included having suffered “three strokes and a heart attack in the hospital.”

“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 on my vision,” she told reporters. “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.”

The documentary unveils a lot of what led up to the overdose, and include “grueling” interviews with her parents, sisters and Elton John. The former Disney star also stated that she was doing this (the documentary) because she “was just so proud of the growth that I experienced and something inside of me was really excited to share that with people.”

“As long as I continue to tell my truth, I’m going to make music that resonates with people,” Lovato said during the panel. “And that’s my purpose. I’m an artist that cares a lot about her community–and my community is the entire planet–so I just I’m always striving to help. I think that my work is going to only benefit now that I’ve learned so much about myself.”