Demi Lovato Reveals She Had 3 Strokes and a Heart Attack in 2018 Overdose: ‘I’m on My Ninth Life’

by Matthew Wilson

Singer Demi Lovato is opening up about her 2018 overdose that almost cost her life. The singer got candid about what happened on that fateful day.

The effects of the overdose almost killed the singer. Doctors had to rush to save Lovato’s life after she experienced multiple strokes and also a heart attack as a result. In the upcoming documentary “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil,” the singer discusses the price of fame. She invites viewers into her battle with addiction.

“I had three strokes. I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to ten more minutes,”  Lovato said during the trailer for the documentary. “I’ve had a lot of lives. I’m like a cat, you know? I’m on my ninth life.”

Long Term Effects of Demi Lovato’s Overdose

Her assistant founder her unconscious and non-responsive in her Hollywood Hills estate on July 24, 2018. The singer had been sober for six years. But in the recent months leading to her overdose, she had started spiral back into drug use. The singer would reportedly sneak drugs past her team and family.

Fortunately for Lovato, she survived her brush with death. But the effects of the overdose have left their toll on the singer since then. For one, she can’t operate vehicles and struggles with her vision.

“I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today,” she told People. “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. 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.”

Lovato considers the overdose to be a painful lesson that she’s learned.

“Everything had to happen in order for me to learn the lessons that I learned. It was a painful journey, and I look back and sometimes I get sad when I think of the pain that I had to endure to overcome what I have, but I don’t regret anything,” Lovato continued.

But the singer said during the documentary that she’s ready to move forward with her life. Lovato doesn’t want to turn her life into a public spectacle. She wants to focus on making music again and get back to her love of the craft.