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Demi Lovato recreates night of near-fatal overdose in emotional new music video

Lily Wakefield April 2, 2021
Demi Lovato sings from a hospital bed in her new "Dancing With The Devil" music video

Demi Lovato sings from a hospital bed in her new "Dancing With The Devil" music video. (YouTube/ Demi Lovato)

Demi Lovato dropped a new video for “Dancing With the Devil” which sees her recreate the night of her near-fatal overdose.

The video was released Friday (2 April) to coincide with Lovato’s new album Dancing With the Devil…The Art of Starting Over, andchronicles the night of Lovato’s 2018 overdose, from her first sip of red wine to her lying in a hospital bed.

In 2018, Lovato was found unconscious in her home by her assistant Jordan Jackson, and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to be treated for an opiate overdose.

The video recreates the details of the night, including how Lovato was dressed, and shows her at a party, picking up drugs and being sexually assaulted by her drug dealer.

She is shown hooked up to machines in a hospital bed and receiving a sponge bath, while singing lyrics that describe the slippery slope back into an addiction which almost killed her.

In an episode of YouTube Originals Released, Lovato said the song and music video were a “final send-off of letting it go, letting that night go — because you’ll be able to see it all”.

According to Rolling Stone, Lovato co-directed the video with Michael D Ratner. He also directed her documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, which premiered on the singer’s YouTube channel on 23 March.

The documentary series is brutally honest in telling the story of Lovato’s addiction and recovery, and in it, the singer admitted for the first time that she had been dependent on heroin and crack cocaine. 

The singer described how she miraculously survived her 2018 overdose, despite her critical medical condition, explaining: “I had three strokes. I had a heart attack. I suffered brain damage from the strokes.

“I can’t drive anymore. I have blind spots in my vision. When I pour a glass of water, I’ll totally miss the cup because I can’t see it anymore.

“I’ve also had pneumonia because I asphyxiated and multiple organ failure.”

She later added: “I’m really lucky to be alive.”

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