Demi Lovato says 2018 drug overdose left her legally blind … and she’s still unable to drive due to blind spots
Demi Lovato said she’s legally blind as result of her 2018 drug overdose.
The 28-year-old singer made the revelation in her new documentary Dancing with the Devil which debuted Tuesday at the SXSW Film Festival, and expounded on things with The New York Times.
The What Other People Say artist in the doc said that she could not see her sister during a bedside visit following her overdose, TMZ reported.
The latest: Demi Lovato, 28, said she’s legally blind as result of her 2018 drug overdose, making the revelation in her new documentary Dancing with the Devil, which debuted Tuesday at the SXSW Film Festival
‘It was interesting how fast I adapted,’ she said of the vision loss, according to the paper. ‘I didn’t leave myself time to really feel sad about it. I just was like, “How do I fix it?”‘
The OK Not to Be OK performer noted that the vision loss also has sidelined her from driving, as she has blind spots in her vision field.
Lovato is on the heels of releasing her next album, Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over next month. The 19-track album is her first since 2017 release Tell Me You Love Me.
The Sorry Not Sorry songstress told the newspaper that two of her albums from the troubled time-frame make her uncomfortable amid creative changes she undertook: Confident (2017) and Demi (2013).
The What Other People Say artist, seen on Tuesday on Instagram Stories, said in the doc said that she could not see her sister during a bedside visit following her overdose
Lovato on Monday shared the cover art on her social media
Sleek look: Lovato took to Instagram last month to show off her new hairdo
‘I don’t know if it’s because it reminds me of the people that were in my life during those times or if it just doesn’t feel that authentic to myself,’ she said. ‘I had really believed in myself after putting Skyscraper out, for the Grammys. I was like, I might have a shot now! And then I put out another album – nothing.’
She continued: ‘I dove into, “Alright, what is the formula for a pop star that’s top of the charts? She shows her skin, she’s a lot fitter, and you know, she wears leotards onstage.” So I played that role for a minute.
‘And that didn’t fulfill me at all … it’s weird to think that I had more sense of identity as a 15, 16-year-old than I did as a 23-year-old.’
Coming soon: Lovato is slated to debut her doc at the SXSW Film Festival and on YouTube beginning March 23
She appeared with producer Michael D. Ratner last month during the virtual Winter TCA Tour
In a preview for the documentary released last month, Lovato said that in the wake of her overdose in June 2018 at her Los Angeles home, she had a heart attack and three strokes. Lovato in the documentary said that she believed that she received heroin with a dose of fentanyl in it, leading to the medical emergency.
She told the paper that while she was in rehab, the Amy Winehouse doc Amy was playing on TV, but she couldn’t watch it at the time.
‘I did definitely look up to her and I valued her vulnerability and transparency with her audience because it bred that connection that I felt to her, and that’s ultimately what my fans feel with me,’ she said.
Lovato is slated to debut her doc on YouTube beginning March 23; Dancing With the Devil … The Art of Starting Over is slated to be released April 2.