Demi Lovato has opened up about the lasting effects of her near-fatal drug overdose. As Entertainment Tonight shares, Lovato shared new details about her health on Wednesday while promoting her upcoming YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, talking about the complications she has suffered as a result.
Lovato says she experiences "blind spots" in her vision
Lovato explained that the incident had a serious impact on her eyesight, and prevents her from getting behind the wheel because of the neurological damage it caused. "I don't drive a car because I have blind spots in my vision," she revealed during the Television Critics Association press tour, which was held virtually. The "I Love Me" singer also mentioned that she "had a really hard time reading" for some time afterwards.
"Reading was a big deal when I was able to read out of a book, which was two months later because my vision was so blurry," Lovato explained. She then said that she feels her health issues are "kind of still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again." And while she didn't have to do much physical rehabilitation, Lovato shared that she did a lot of work when it came to "the emotional side and the therapeutic side" of things.
Lovato wants to focus on promoting positivity in the world
Lovato went on to mention that her recovery has caused her life to shift focus, having now dedicated herself to "spiritual growth" and bringing about positive change. "That's how I navigate through my day," she explained, "is how are my choices today going to affect those around me in a positive way and how am I going to better myself today?"
The actress and singer also said that despite the challenges she has faced over the past few years, she has no regrets now that she's on the other side of it all! "I wouldn't change a thing because everything had to happen in order for me to learn the lessons that I learned. It was a painful journey," she said, sharing that she's ultimately "so proud" of the person she's become.