'So much that I’ve wanted to say': Demi Lovato opens up about overdose in new YouTube docuseries

Gary Dinges

Demi Lovato's life before and after her near-fatal overdose in 2018 is the focus of a new, four-part YouTube docuseries.

The singer shared details about the previously announced series, "Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil," Wednesday on Twitter. It debuts March 23 on YouTube, where it can be streamed for free.

“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," Lovato, 28, said in a release. "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.”

The series, directed by Michael D. Ratner, will include details on what led to the singer's overdose and subsequent hospitalization, as well as lessons she learned in the aftermath.  

“Demi’s willingness to explore the darkest elements of her life is going to leave the audience with a complete understanding of everything she’s been through and ultimately where she is going," Ratner said in a release. "Demi stands for empowerment, and this documentary is going to answer the many questions that have been out there – providing a real window into the life of one of the biggest stars in the world, who is simply a human being.”

During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in March, Lovato recounted the night she decided to drink again, noting her struggles with an eating disorder played a major role. 

"I realized that over time as the things with the eating disorder were getting bad, over the years it progressively got worse. … It led me to being really, really unhappy. My bulimia got really bad," she explained. "I asked for help and I didn't receive the help that I needed. So here I am, sober, and I'm thinking to myself, 'I'm six years sober but I'm miserable. I'm even more miserable than when I was drinking, why am I sober?' "

Lovato has also had some inspiring moments in the past couple of years, including her musical comeback, which was marked by an impressive Grammys performance in 2020 when she performed her then-new song "Anyone," marking her first live performance since she was hospitalized.

This isn't the first project Lovato has done with YouTube. The new series will act as a follow up to the 2017 YouTube documentary “Simply Complicated" about the singer.

"Simply Complicated" takes a serious look at Lovato's rise to fame and the complications that almost ended it all.

Contributing: Rasha Ali and Sara M. Moniuszko, USA TODAY

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