Demi Lovato speaks like never before.
The 28-year-old singer is the subject of a new documentary series, “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil,” which premiered Tuesday at SXSW. In the doc, the star claims that on the night of her near-fatal overdose in 2018, her drug dealer sexually assaulted her.
“I didn’t just overdose. I was taken advantage of,” she says in the docu-series.
According to the star’s friend Sirah Mitchell, Lovato received heroin “fentanyl mixture” that night in July, and the trafficker “ended up really making her high and leaving her for dead.”
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“When they found me, I was naked, blue. I was literally left for dead after he took advantage of me,” Lovato says.
The “Anyone” singer says that when she woke up in the hospital, medical professionals asked her if she had had consensual sex.
“There was a flash I had of him above me. I saw that flash and said ‘Yes’,” the pop star said. “It wasn’t until a month after the overdose that I realized, ‘You weren’t in the frame of mind to make a consensus decision.'”
Sadly, the alleged encounter with the drug dealer was not Lovato’s first non-consensual sexual incident, the star says.
“When I was a teenager, I was in a very similar situation,” she reveals in the docu-series. “I lost my virginity in a rape.”
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The singer says she and the alleged abuser “hung out” at the time, but made it clear that she was not “ready” to have sex.
“I was part of that Disney crowd that publicly stated that they were expecting the wedding. I didn’t have the romantic first time,” she says. “It wasn’t that for me – it sucked. Then I had to see this person all the time so I stopped eating and managed otherwise.”
Additionally, the “Camp Rock” star says she disclosed what happened to her to adults, but the alleged abuser “never had a problem with it.”
About a month after the incident, Lovato says, she called the alleged assailant “and tried to make things right by staying in control,” but in the end, it only made “feel worse.” .
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“Both times were reenactments of trauma in textbooks, and I fought really hard for years, which is why I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that it was rape when it happened. product, ”Lovato says.
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“Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” begins streaming on YouTube next Tuesday.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
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