American singer Demi Lovato said she had suffered three strokes and a heart attack after taking a drug overdose in 2018, and that doctors told her she was near death.
“My doctors said I only had 5-10 minutes,” the 28-year-old American pop star says in a new documentary.
Lovato told reporters that she had suffered brain damage and was still feeling the effects of it.
She revealed that these effects include a state of blurry vision, which means that she cannot drive, and makes reading difficult for her.
The former star was hospitalized in July 2018 after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home.
The announcement of the fentanyl-infused opioid overdose came a month after she revealed she had returned to drug use after a six-year hiatus.
“I’ve lived many lives, like a cat,” she says in the trailer for her new documentary series on YouTube, “Dancing with the Devil,” and now I’m in my ninth life.
In her interview with reporters on Wednesday, she revealed the permanent effects that she suffered. “I don’t drive because I have blind spots in my eyes,” she said.
“For a long time, I had difficulty reading. When I was able to read a book, after two months, it was a huge achievement, because my vision was very blurry,” she added.
She said she was publishing the documentary “to help people who walked the same path that I took,” adding: “I wanted to set the record straight, and I wanted to reveal it all to my fans.”
Lovato was an actress as a child, and participated in the Barney & Friends series, which was widely recognized on the Disney Channel when she was a teenager.
She starred in the hugely popular Camp Rock movie series, before successfully starting her solo music career.
She released six albums and appeared as a judge on the US version of X Factor.
Lovato has been open about her mental health struggles and addictions throughout her career.
In a 2012 documentary, she spoke about her “daily battle” with eating disorders, self-harm, and mental health problems, in addition to addiction.
She spoke about the extent of her drug use during her teenage years in another documentary in 2017.
“One of the main reasons I have moved forward is that I shouldn’t have to live that life again,” Lovato said.
Lovato re-launched her singing career at the Grammy Awards last year, and also sang the national anthem at the 2020 NFL Super Bowl final.
Last month, she sang on a television special to mark the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.
Her documentary, “Dancing with the Devil”, is due to be released on YouTube on March 23.