Demi Lovato loves a good documentary, as proven by her 2011 special, Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, and 2017 YouTube film, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated. And in her next behind-the-scenes endeavor, she's about to go deeper than ever before. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Lovato announced her new docuseries, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, making it clear that she is ready to speak about her rollercoaster journey in the past few years. "There has been so much that I’ve wanted to say, but knew I had to say it right," she wrote on Twitter.
Directed by Michael D. Ratner, the four-part series follows Lovato through the past three years and promises a revealing look at "some of the most trying times in Lovato’s life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health." The singer will also speak for the first time about her near-fatal overdose in July 2018 and being sexually assaulted on the same night. While much of it remains a mystery, here's everything you need to know about Lovato's next project, including a look at the shocking first trailer.
As confirmed by the artist herself on Twitter, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil will premiere on Tuesday, Mar. 23. The first two episodes will stream that day, while the remaining two episodes will drop on Mar. 30 and Apr. 6.
In a press release obtained by Bustle, YouTube confirmed that Lovato will speak about her 2018 overdose for the first time, going into detail about the events that led up to the harrowing incident and what she's learned in the aftermath. She’ll also reveal how she tried to “rewrite” her drug dealer sexually assaulting her that same night. Ahead of the release, select moments from the docuseries were released. In them, Lovato revealed, “I wanted to rewrite his choice of violating me. I wanted it to now be my choice. I called him back and said, ‘No, I’m gonna f*ck you.’ It didn’t fix anything. It didn’t take anything away. It made me feel worse.” The singer went on to add, “That, for some reason, was my way of taking the power back. All it did was bring me back to my knees, begging God for help.”
The docuseries will also focus on her career, starting with her 2018 Tell Me You Love Me world tour and continuing through her comeback in early 2020, when she performed her heartbreaking ballad "Anyone" at the Grammys and sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
“It’s been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life, and now I’m ready to share my story with the world,” Lovato said in a statement. “For the first time, you’ll be able to see my chronicle of struggle and ongoing healing from my point of view. I’m grateful that I was able to take this journey to face my past head-on and finally share it with the world."
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the first trailer for Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil dropped. In the preview, Lovato gets candid like never before about her 2018 addiction struggles. "I've had so much to say over the past two years, wanting to set the record straight about what it was that happened," she says via voiceover. "FYI: I'm just going to say it all and then if we, like, don't wanna use any of it we can take it out."
During the trailer, there are glimpses of her early career (the Barney days! Camp Rock!), as well as footage of Lovato drinking and partying. "Any time that you suppress a part of yourself, it's gonna overflow," she warns. Most notably, Lovato discloses the severity of her overdose for the first time. "I had three strokes," she admits. "I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes."
In the first trailer, a few famous faces can be seen, including Christina Aguilera, Elton John, and members of Lovato's family. No other special guests have been confirmed, but given how filming began during Lovato's 2018 tour, it's likely that her band, dancers, and perhaps even her opening act DJ Khaled will show up in the series. If her previous docs are any indication, expect additional appearances from Lovato's family, close friends, and management team as well. Given the emphasis on Lovato's health journey, it's unclear whether viewers will see her ex-fiancé Max Ehrich, but she does mention their engagement in the first preview. The former couple got engaged in July 2020 before breaking it off two months later, leading to public accusations from Ehrich.
How To Watch Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil
Fans that don't have a YouTube Red subscription (and honestly, who pays for YouTube?) need not fret. All episodes of Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil will stream for free on Lovato's YouTube channel, meaning you can plan your virtual viewing parties without worry. Just be sure to pick up some tissues along with your snacks before settling in to watch.
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