How Demi Lovato slipped out of Disney Princess into a drug abuse battle
In a recent documentary, the scale of Demi Lovato's decline has been uncovered, as the Disney star revealed why she turned to drugs.
Her millions of fans feared the worst when Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital after a drug overdose, and this week the singer announced that the incident left her brain damaged.
During her near-fatal ordeal, the former Disney child star opened up about battling alcohol and said how she had three strokes as well as a heart attack.
"Speaking of her overdose, Demi said: "I was left with brain damage, and today I'm still struggling with it.
"Because of my vision, I don't drive a car because of blind spots and I had a really hard time reading."
She also reported that at the LA hospital, doctors believed she was "five to ten minutes" from death.
She was known to have taken fentanyl, the deadly painkiller that took the lives of Prince and Tom Petty, at the time of the overdose in the summer of 2018.
Yet Dancing With The Devil, a recent documentary, seems to indicate that a much more dangerous drug was involved.
"In the trailer for the four-part YouTube film, one of Demi's friends says: "She should be dead. Are we referring to heroin? Do we do that? ”
Demi, 28, is the newest, including Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan, in a long line of squeaky-clean Disney stars whose lives have hit the skids.
The former US X Factor judge explains in the documentary how the entertainment industry played a role in her well-documented problems, including issues with eating disorders, bipolar diagnosis and opioid abuse.
She got her first break at the age of ten in the hit children's show Barney & Friends.
Demi was the major new star of the Disney Channel when she was 15, winning lead roles in the Camp Rock films, alongside the Jonas Brothers, and Sonny With A Chance.
In 2009, she appeared alongside Selena Gomez in Disney's Princess Security Program.
It is safe to say, however, that show business is not the sole source of the demons she has had to fight.
Her father, Patrick, a sound engineer who died from cancer in 2013, was hooked on cocaine and booze.
"She once revealed: "It was what he wanted over a family. He had been abusive, he had been mean, but he tried to be a decent guy.
She experienced terrible bullying at school, with fellow students signing a petition to persuade her to kill herself when she was 12.
She would make herself throw up her food when others taunted Demi about her weight.
And she was addicted to cocaine at the age of 17.
In 2008, her debut album, Don't Forget, was released. Her second album, Here We Go Again, moved to No. 1 in the US the following year.
But in November 2010, when she struck a female backing dancer in the chest, the illusion of perfection she represented in front of the camera was broken.
Realizing it was time to get her life together, for three months, Demi checked into rehab.
The first effort to get clean failed, even though she was telling the world she had left drugs for good, with her continuing to get high.
She swallowed a load of pills in front of a nurse who checked her into a hospital in Palm Springs with things spiralling out of control.
"Demi, who at the age of 18 was diagnosed as bipolar, was admitted for evaluation to the psychiatric ward but admitted: "I'd lie straight to their faces.
It took another spell of therapy and her close friend Nick Jonas's involvement to seemingly get clean.
She says: "For over six years, I have been sober."
Less than three years ago, when she fell off the wagon, it all stopped. When Demi was performing a song on stage called Sober, she was literally so out of her mind that she couldn't recall all the words.
In July 2018, after being found unconscious, she was rushed from her Hollywood home to the hospital.
Her oxygen levels were dangerously low when she arrived at the hospital and she would have died if the medics had not acted quickly.
As rumors swirled that the cause of the incident was a drug overdose, which was disputed at the time, she spent two weeks in the hospital.
In her warts-and-all documentary, which Demi says she created "to help people who have been on the same path as I have," the real story should come out.
"I wanted to set the record straight, and I wanted to reveal everything to my fans," she said. I hold myself to account. I benefited a great deal from my past.
With her former boyfriends, including the brother of Miley Cyrus, Trace, the show will also dive into her vibrant love life.
She dated her co-star from Camp Rock in 2010, Joe Jonas. The couple separated, but it is said that they remained close friends.
She came together with That '70s Television actor Wilmer Valderrama after the Jonas Brothers singer.
He was twelve years older than her and they were six years old. After her 2018 overdose, Wilmer visited her at the hospital.
It looked like Demi was going to settle down last summer when she confirmed her engagement to the 29-year-old actor Max Ehrich, who starred in The Young And The Restless, the US daytime soap.
Shortly after the pandemic hit and gushed about each other on social media, they decided to move in together in March.
Demi said at the time: "The night I met him, I knew I loved him." And then we went into quarantine a week later.
As Max went off to Atlanta to start work on an acting film, Lockdown love was broken by the truth of the real world. Demi called time on the relationship and shared a snapshot of her not wearing her engagement ring on Instagram.
An increasingly bitter war of words sparked her decision to call off the engagement in September.
The two sides accused each other of using the partnership for the purposes of publicity.
The "gender fluid" star is dating back now, with males and females potentially lined up as partners.
Demi was romantically related to her friend Ruby Rose and DJ Lauren Abedini in the past.
Demi is also releasing new material alongside the documentary, with her seventh album set to come out later this year.
And for the sake of her job, she is determined to remain clean and content.
Demi said: "Many artists say, "When I'm in a dark place or when I'm on something or whatever, I make better music.
"Personally, I don't relate to that because I feel that when I am present, the best job I do is."
She released a single at the beginning of this month called What Other People Think, where she sings about "the same old drugs that everyone else takes" and adds: "I'm better than that."
"And Demi admits, after all her troubles: "I'm on my ninth life.
Her fans around the world will hope that she has beaten her demons for good this time around.