Demi Lovato's new music video for her single, "Dancing With The Devil," begins with a warning: that its depiction of "drug use, trauma, and sexual abuse…may be triggering for some."
The video, which dropped early Friday morning, recreates the night of Lovato's near-fatal overdose in 2018. It begins with her singing from a hospital bed and shows the events leading to the overdose, with scenes of Lovato drinking wine at a bar, texting her drug dealer. In another scene, her dealer leaves her bedroom, and her assistant then discovers her unconscious.
Lovato is also wearing her hair in a long blonde style, similar to how it looked at the time of the incident.
She sings: "Thought I knew my limit, yeah/I thought that I could quit it, yeah/I thought that I could walk away easily/But here I am, falling down on my knees/Praying for better days to come and wash this pain away/Could you please forgive me?/Lord, I'm sorry for dancing with the devil."
The singer shared the music video on Twitter, writing, "Thank you for listening, and thank you for hearing me. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please remember it's ok to ask for help."
Lovato previously opened up about her overdose and her struggles with sobriety in a YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, revealing that it was a near-death experience, with doctors telling her she had between five and ten minutes left when her assistant found her.
"I don't think people realize how bad it actually was," Lovato said on camera in reference to her overdose. "I had three strokes, I had a heart attack, I suffered brain damage from the strokes. I can't drive anymore, and I have blindspots in my vision. So sometimes when I go to pour a glass of water I'll totally miss the cup because I can't see it anymore. I also had pneumonia, 'cause I asphyxiated, and multiple organ failure."
"I have full faith that you're not going to open up TMZ and see another overdose headline, but I also say this with humility, that this is a very powerful disease and I'm not going to pretend like I'm invincible," she said about grappling with addiction. "I have to work every day to make sure that I'm in a good place so I don't go to those things."
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.
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