“I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today,” Lovato, 28, said during a Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday, February 17, promoting her new docuseries, Dancing With the Devil. “I don’t drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision. I also, for a long time, had a really hard time reading. My vision was so blurry.”
The Grammy nominee dives deeper into her overdose and subsequent recovery in the upcoming YouTube Originals series, which dropped its trailer on Wednesday. In the teaser, she explained that she had “three strokes” and a heart attack after the incident.
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“You know I dealt with a lot of the repercussions,” she told reporters during the Wednesday panel. “And I feel like they kind of are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever, you know, get into a dark place.”
The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer said she is “grateful” for those reminders, but also pointed out that she was lucky she “didn’t have to do a lot of rehab” physically.
She explained: “The rehabbing came from the emotional side and the therapeutic side, internally. And I did a lot of work after that.”
The former Disney Channel star revealed that despite the hard road she had to recovery following the drug overdose, she “wouldn’t change a thing” about what transpired.
“Everything had to happen in order for me to learn the lessons that I learned. It was a painful journey, and I look back and sometimes I get sad when I think of the pain that I had to endure to overcome what I have, but I don’t regret anything,” she said. “And I’m so proud of the person I am today. And I’m so proud that people get to see it in this documentary.”