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Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Overdose Story in Upcoming Docuseries

Singer, actress and activist Demi Lovato, 28, announced on Wednesday that she’s the subject of a new YouTube Originals docuseries titled Dancing With the Devil that will premiere this coming March. Demi has suggested that for the very first time she’ll reveal details about her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018. “It’s been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life, and now I’m ready to share my story with the world,” Demi said in a press release for the docu-series.

“For the first time, you’ll be able to see my chronicle of struggle and ongoing healing from my point of view. I’m grateful that I was able to take this journey to face my past head-on and finally share it with the world,” said the “Commander in Chief” singer.

Dancing With the Devil is set to premiere on Demi’s YouTube channel on March 23, and according to the press release is intended to be “an honest look back at some of the most trying times in Lovato’s life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health.” The series will feature four episodes, with a new episode coming out each Tuesday and the first two premiering the 23rd. The docu-series covers the past three years of Demi’s life and will feature behind-the-scenes footage from her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, which she was in the midst of at the time of the overdose. This is Demi’s second documentary, the first was Simply Complicated (2017) which was also produced by Youtube.

“Thank you to my family, friends, and fans for staying by my side over the years as I learn and grow. I’m so excited to finally share this story with you that I’ve held on to for the last 2 years. #DemiDWTD coming soon!,” the star captioned her Instagram post announcing the show’s premiere date. Going on to reveal that the docu-series would also be the headlining film on opening night at this year’s SXSW virtual film and music festival which starts March 16 and runs through March 20.

Demi has been open about her mental health struggles as she’s navigated a number of challenging situations including the aforementioned overdose, an eating disorder, and coming out as bisexual. Most recently, a fast and furious pandemic relationship, engagement and subsequent break up with actor Max Ehrich that started in March 2020 and ended in September. Demi is a vocal advocate for mental health awareness in the past couple of years recently partnering with online therapy platform Talkspace.

“Therapy has saved my life in so many ways, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. There’s so much going on in the world right now, so we need to be taking care of ourselves and those around us,” Lovato wrote on Instagram when she announced the partnership.