Demi Lovato's mom breaks her silence about her daughter's overdose & it's heartbreaking


Splash News

Demi Lovato's mom, Dianna De La Garza, has broken her silence for the first time about the terrifying overdose her famous daughter went through in July of this year. The Falling With Wings author appeared on Newsmax TV on Tuesday, September 18, to talk about the nightmare her family lived through, and shared how she's using her daughter's overdose as a way to help other parents going through similar situations. 

More from MamásLatinas: 20 Celebrities who have faced terrifying health scares

Dianna revealed that her family found out about the overdose at the same time that the rest of the world did. She said that after TMZ and other outlets reported on the news, she began receiving text messages from friends and family saying they were praying for Demi. "It's still a really difficult thing to talk about. I literally start to shake a little when I start to remember what happened that day," she told the news anchor. "I was actually looking at my phone and all these texts started coming in. Just texts and after text, after text and I thought, 'What is going on?' " 

Before Dianna headed to Twitter to see what the outlets were reporting, the singer's personal assistant Kelsey Kershner called to give her the horrific news. "The next words that came out of her mouth are words that are just so difficult to hear as a parent," Dianna recalled. "She said: 'Demi overdosed.'" In a state of shock, the mother of three asked if her daughter was OK, to which the assistant responded: "She's conscious but she's not talking." The mom said that's when she knew that they were in trouble. 

She gave an update about Demi's current condition, adding that she had Demi's blessing to do the interview.

View this post on Instagram

mi familia ❤️❤️

A post shared by Madison De La Garza (@maddelagarza) on

With opioid overdoses, things can worsen with time but thankfully, Demi was able to recover. "I just feel like the reason she's alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day when everybody found out what was happening. I don't think she would be here if it wasn't for those prayers and the good doctors at Cedars Sinai, they were the best. I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to save her life," she said. "I can honestly say today she's doing really well. She's happy, she's healthy, she's working on her sobriety. She's getting the help she needs and that in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family."

Advertisement

After the incident, Dianna is now an "accidental spokesperson" for other parents dealing with similar issues.

"You don't see it coming and that's the scary thing. The opioid crisis in America is at an epidemic level and people don't understand that until they start researching it," she said. "After this happened, I started researching and looking into how opioids are killing our kids and it's happening every 15 minutes someone dies of an overdose. And it's not just the kids either." 

Advertisement

The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer was hospitalized in July after paramedics were called when she was found unconscious in her home. She was released from the hospital on August 4 after a few weeks, and was taken straight to a rehab facility. The following day she released a lengthy statement in which she opened up about her journey with addiction and promised her fans that she would keep fighting. 

Topics: celebrity health  celebrity illness  celebrity illnesses  celebs with health issues  celebs drugs