“Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” is a riveting documentary

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Demi Lovato’s “Dancing with the Devil” documentary was released in March.

Emma Bartlett, Arts and Culture Editor

Filled with raw honesty and the reality of substance abuse, Demi Lovato captivates audiences in her newly released documentary, “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil,” as she addresses her 2018 overdose. Filled with interviews of family, friends and Lovato herself, viewers learn more about the singer’s difficulties with mental health, alcohol and drugs.

The documentary consists of four, 25 minute segments. Lovato starts by discussing her overdose which landed her in the hospital after taking drugs that were laced with Fentanyl. At the hospital, Lovato had three strokes, a heart attack and permanent vision impairment that affected her depth perception. Though doctors informed her parents that Lovato had around four minutes to live, the 25-year-old miraculously recovered. But the road away from addiction was far from over.

The film continued with stories of Lovato’s struggles to stay sober. As she received help, however, Lovato was able to address other traumas from her past, including sexual assault situations.

The singer also brought up her relationship with her dad and how, because of his drug addiction, she chose not to have a relationship with him from a young age. In her twenties, her dad died at some point over Father’s Day and was found a week after he passed away. Lovato struggled knowing that she will never know when her dad died, but also did not want that same fate for herself.

In the fourth part of the documentary, Lovato addresses her sexuality and how she continues to discover who she is. After breaking off a four-month engagement to Max Ehrich, Lovato decided to focus on herself and explore sexuality outside of what she had been told growing up.

Lovato’s film was extremely powerful with honesty at its core. The film captured the importance of mental health and developing a support system so people do not find themselves solving their problems with harmful substances. She also promoted the idea that not every mental health routine works for everyone, so finding one that works for you as long as it keeps you safe is important.

Recently signing with Scooter Braun, Lovato is back to creating music and recently released a new album with her new song “Dancing with the Devil,” which talks about using drugs and alcohol. “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” can be viewed on YouTube. Viewers should be advised that there is content surrounding sexual abuse and substance abuse. Support services can be found in the video’s comments section.

 

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