Demi Lovato's Mother On Overdose: "We Didn't Know If She Was Going to Make It"

By Paul Gaita 09/21/18

"I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened."

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The mother of singer Demi Lovato spoke at length about her daughter's drug overdose and recovery in an emotional interview for Newsmax TV.

Dianna De La Garza said that she still finds it difficult to recall the events of the July overdose, which she learned about through phone texts. Though alarmed by her daughter's condition, she said that her faith provided her with the strength to support Lovato through her hospitalization and subsequent rehabilitation.

"I can honestly say today that she is doing really well," she revealed.

As TMZ reported, paramedics arrived at Lovato's home in the Hollywood Hills in the early hours of July 24, and found the performer unconscious from an apparent drug overdose. She was treated with the overdose reversal drug Narcan before she was transported to a Los Angeles hospital, where she remained for 12 days before being released and taken to a rehab facility outside of California. 

In an Instagram statement posted on August 5, the pop star thanked her family and the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for getting her through the ordeal, as well as her many fans who had expressed their support during her hospitalization. "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side," she wrote in her statement.

In her interview with Newsmax TV, De La Garza said that she still struggles with recalling or talking about the events of July 24. "I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened," she said.

She said that she found out about her daughter's condition when texts from individuals expressing their concern began to flood her phone.

Confused by the outpouring of support, De La Garza said that her mood quickly changed when she received a call from Lovato's assistant.

"She said Demi overdosed," recalled De La Garza. "It was something I never, ever expected to hear as a parent about any of my kids. I said, 'Is she okay?' And she stopped for a second and said, 'She's conscious, but she's not talking.' I knew at that point that we were in trouble."

De La Garza said that Lovato was in "bad shape" when she saw her at the hospital, but needed her to know that her family was with her.

"I said, '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 were going to be okay."

While Lovato lingered in critical condition, De La Garza turned to her faith to help her dispel worries about Demi's health.

"We just didn't know for two days if she was going to make it or not," she recalled. But the singer pulled through with the help of the hospital staff and support from her many fans. "I just feel like the reason she is alive today is because of the millions and millions of prayers that went up every day," said De La Garza.

Today, as Lovato continues to work on her recovery while in rehabilitation, De La Garza said that her daughter is "doing really well. She's happy, she's healthy, she's working on her sobriety, and she's getting the help she needs."

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.