According to Demi Lovato, her near-fatal 2018 overdose has left her with a vision and hearing impairment.
In a statement, the now 30-year-old singer/songwriter confirmed that she continues to battle health issues due to “complications” from a reported drug overdose five years ago, which caused her to suffer three strokes and a heart attack:
In an interview with Andy Cohen for his SiriusXM show, Lovato said “It actually caused a disability.” “I have vision impairment and hearing impairment… That’s the closest thing that I have to a regret is that because of what it’s caused me today. Like, I don’t drive because I have blind spots in my vision.”
The embattled songstress went on to explain that the residual issues she faces with her eyesight serve as a reminder of how she wants to live her life moving forward.
“Anytime I look at something – like, I have blind spots in my vision when I look at your face.” “And so it’s a constant reminder to stay on the right path, because I never want that to happen again.”
Revealing what she has learnt from the traumatic experience, the singer reflected on how far she’s come since the drug-related incident, stating “I wish somebody had told me, one, that I was beautiful, because I didn’t believe it.” “And two I wish that someone would’ve told me that if you just sit with the pain, it passes.”
When asked about who she’d most like to collaborate with in the future, Lovato said that Kelly Clarkson is at the top of her list because she grew up “idolising her” adding “We just have to find the right song.”
Demi’s forthcoming full length, Revamped, will feature hits from her career including ‘Cool for the Summer’ and ‘Heart Attack; reimagined as rock songs, and will also include a collaboration with Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, with the pair teaming up on the track ‘Sorry Not Sorry.’