Demi Lovato’s Mom Recalls the Horror of Learning of Her Daughter’s Overdose
We’ll never forget the moment we learned that Demi Lovato was receiving emergency treatment after suffering from a drug overdose. We waited with bated breath to find out if the singer survived the horrific accident, which was allegedly caused by opioids laced with fentanyl, and to learn more details about what the heck happened. The shock we faced upon hearing the news was, however, nothing compared to what DL’s mom felt on that fateful day.
Dianna De La Garza spoke to Newsmax TV, with D.Lo’s blessing, about how she learned of the OD and the critical moments that followed.
The 56-year-old started getting a barrage of texts from friends and family members telling her they were praying for Demi and hoping everything was okay. She, at that point, didn’t know what was going on, but knew that something was very wrong. It was then that the 26-year-old’s then-assistant, Kelsey, called Dianna and informed her that Demi overdosed and she needed to get to the hospital.
“It was something I never, ever expected to hear as a parent about any of my kids,” Dianna explains. “I said, ‘Is she okay?’ And she stopped for a second and she said, ‘She’s conscious, but she’s not talking.’ I knew at that point that we were in trouble.”
Dianna rushed to the emergency room with Demi’s older sister, Dallas Lovato, and younger sister, Madison De La Garza, and was shocked at the musician’s condition.
DDLG recalls, “She just didn’t look good, at all. She was in bad shape, but I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here. I love you.’ At that point, she said back to me, ‘I love you too.’ From that point on, I never allowed myself to ever think that things weren’t going to be okay.”
While doctors were able to get Demi stabilized fairly quickly, she faced complications that left her family wondering if she was going to make it.
“We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not,” her mom explains. “I was very concerned, and I was trying to be strong for her and for her sisters and for my family back home. I just feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day.”
Now, Dianna says, Demi is “doing really well” in rehab and is working toward sobriety.
“She’s happy, she’s healthy, she’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs. That in itself encourages me about her future and the future of our family.”