Singer Demi Lovato reveals she had 'three strokes and a heart attack'

18 February 2021, 08:23 | Updated: 18 February 2021, 08:24

Demi Lovato will share her struggles in a new documentary
Demi Lovato will share her struggles in a new documentary. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

Demi Lovato revealed she suffered three strokes and a heart attack following her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018.

The chart-topping pop star, 28, was taken to hospital in Los Angeles after relapsing. She had been sober for six years.

Lovato explores her battle with addiction in YouTube documentary series Dancing With The Devil and in a new trailer shared details about her overdose.

"I had three strokes," Lovato said. "I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes."

Lovato revealed she was still living with the effects of the overdose, including brain damage and blind spots in her vision which prevent her from driving.

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Demi Lovato had been sober for six years
Demi Lovato had been sober for six years. Picture: PA

Lovato said she wanted to "set the record straight" with the documentary, which features a friend telling the camera "she should be dead".

She added: "I've had a lot of lives, like a cat. I'm on my ninth life."

Sir Elton John also appears in the trailer and says: "When you're young, and you're famous, my God, it's tough."

Four-part documentary series Dancing With The Devil is directed by Michael D Ratner and promises to give fans "unprecedented access" to Lovato's recovery and career since the overdose in July 2018.

The singer, whose hits include Sorry Not Sorry and Heart Attack, previously described the day she almost died as her "miracle day".

This is the third documentary featuring Lovato - the first, 2012 film Stay Strong, explored her recovery after she cancelled a tour with the Jonas Brothers to enter rehab.

In the second documentary, 2017's Simply Complicated, Lovato admitted she had been dishonest in Stay Strong and had been under the influence of cocaine during the making of the film.