Demi Lovato has portrayed scenes before and after her near-fatal overdose in July 2018 in new music for her single, “Dancing with the Devil”.
The video comes after the release of his YouTube documentary of the same name.
At the very beginning of the 5 minute video, a message to viewers reads: “This video contains content describing addiction, drug use, trauma and sexual abuse which may be triggers for some.”
It starts with Lovato lying in a hospital bed connected to tubes. It also shows flashbacks from the night before, where she sips red wine and takes alcohol photos while wearing a green jacket. Lovato reportedly wore a green jacket the night she was out with friends before her overdose and subsequent hospitalization on July 24, 2018.
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The video also includes media audio covering Lovato’s 2018 hospitalization for the then suspected heroin overdose. In one scene, a man who allegedly represented Lovato’s drug dealer approaches her bed, stands over her, turns her on his side before leaving the room.
Moments later, she was rushed to hospital.
On Friday, the first three of four parts of the YouTube documentary were released. In it, Lovato recalls celebrating a friend’s birthday at a party on July 23, 2018. She notes that at the time, no one knew she was using crack and heroin. Lovato returned home with some friends and after they left around 5:30 a.m. she called her drug dealer.
On the morning of July 24, the singer was discovered by her now former assistant. The singer was naked, covered in her own vomit, and was turning blue. The assistant alerted Lovato’s security chief and then fled to call 911, which saved Lovato’s life.
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After being administered Narcan by paramedics, Lovato was rushed to hospital where she had very low oxygen levels and had three strokes and a heart attack. Lovato revealed that she suffered permanent brain damage, visual impairment and could no longer drive. She said she woke up in the hospital and couldn’t see.
The singer said she was not trying to overdose and that if her assistant had waited another five to ten minutes, Lovato would have died.
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Lovato alleges that she was sexually assaulted by her drug dealer the night she overdosed after he gave her “aftermarket pills” that were mixed with fentanyl. She said he left her for dead and that she was unable to consent to sex while she was high.
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“This kind of trauma doesn’t go away overnight,” she said. “And it doesn’t go away in the first few months of detox either. It’s something that stays with you for a while after.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
Jessica Napoli of Fox News contributed to this report.
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