18 Mar Demi Lovato Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted in New Documentary
Demi Lovato gets candid in her upcoming documentary “Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil,” revealing that she was sexually assaulted by her drug dealer.
In the documentary, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival on Tuesday, the former Disney actress opened up about her traumatic experiences, health complications, and more.
In her YouTube docuseries, the 28-year old recalls the moments leading up to her overdose in Jul. 2018.
“I didn’t just overdose,” said Lovato in the documentary. “I was taken advantage of.”
According to Lovato’s friend Sirah Mitchell, the pop singer was given heroin that was “laced with fentanyl” the night of her overdose. The drug dealer “left [Lovato] for dead.”
“When I woke up in the hospital, they asked if we had consensual sex,” said Lovato. “There was one flash that I had of him on top of me. I saw that flash and I said yes. It wasn’t until a month after the overdose that I realized, ‘You weren’t in any state of mind to make a consensual decision.’”
Lovato recalled a similar encounter, revealing that she was raped when she was 15-years-old. She mentioned that her attacker was a co-worker in a film that she hooked up with.
Lovato said that she was “part of that crowd that publicly said they were waiting until marriage” to have sex, during her Disney days.. Her attacker, however, left her traumatized and silent.
“They never got taken out of the movie they were in,” she said. “I always kept it quiet because I’ve always had something to say. I don’t know. I’m tired of opening my mouth.”
Despite her public silence, the singer admitted that she attempted to contact her abusers to “take control,” but she called her encounters “textbook trauma re-enactments” that caused her to retrogress.
“I really beat myself up for years which is why I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact it was a rape when it happened,” she said.
With the release of her documentary, Lovato revealed the holographic cover art to her forthcoming album “Dancing with the Devil: The Art of Starting Over.”
The album, according to Lovato on Twitter, will be released on Apr. 2.
According to Variety, the singer called the album “the non-official soundtrack to the documentary.”
“When we went through the track listing and kind of mapped out how it kind of coincided with my life’s story,” she said on the Clubhouse app. “It made sense to add the more emotional stuff in the beginning and then transition into ‘The Art of Starting Over.’”